The new academic session will start in a few days, but the Ministry of Education has not finalized the new fee ceiling for institutional schools.
As per the Education Act, a school needs to get prior approval from the government authorities before hiking fee. In case of failing to do so, schools need to return the hiked amount of fee that they have taken to students. Similarly, if schools hike fee without government’s approval and fail to return the hiked amount to the students, they will be liable to pay Rs 25,000 to the government as penalty.
As per the Education Regulations, District Fee Fixation and Monitoring Committee is authorized to determine the fee structure for the schools in the districts.
Kathmandu District Education Office has already held multiple meetings with the stakeholders regarding fee hike but is yet to reach consensus. Districts waiting for instruction from Kathmandu DEO therefore have not decided on the issue. Rupandehi is the only district that has fixed the fee structure for the upcoming session.
Dwarika Prasad Pokharel, Assistant District Education Officer, Kathmandu, said, “Guardians have rejected the hiked fee structure proposed by most of the schools.”
According to Pokharel, proprietors of institutional schools have been seeking to hike fee by 25 per cent while guardians have been saying that they should comply with decision of hiking fee not exceeding 22 per cent.
Shiva Kumar Sapkota, DEO Lalitpur, said, “We have formed various technical committees and called another round of meeting tomorrow.”
He said the meeting would reach a conclusion on the issue before the beginning of the new academic session.
Rama Kanta Sharma, DEO Bhaktapur, said that only a few institutional schools in the district had sent the proposed fee structure.
Suprabhat Bhandari, president of Guardians Association of Nepal, said that parents were disappointed due to the irresponsible behavior of the government and delay in determining the fee structure. “We are not going to let the institutional schools hike the fee by more than 22 per cent,” he said.