Kerala: Parents relieved as many schools drop fee-hike plans


KOCHI: Parents, who were worried about school fee hike amid the economic slowdown due to the lockdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, heaved a sigh of relief after many city schools decided not to revise the previous term’s fee structure. Schools said there won’t be a fee hike this year as it may overburden parents who could be struggling with their jobs. Schools are planning to compensate it by cutting operational cost.

Schools that have decided against increasing the fees include, schools under Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Kochi Kendra, Global Public School, Thiruvaniyur, Gregorian Public School, Maradu, Al Ameen International Public School, Edathala, among others. Some schools that had already revised the fee structure before the pandemic was reported in the country, have re-revised the fee structure. Mostly, there would be a hike of up to 10% from the previous year’s fee when new academic year begins.

“The Bhavan has decided not to increase the fees for 2020-21 and the fees of 2019-20 will continue for the academic year 2020-2021. The school management committee had approved the decision to increase tuition fee by 9% for 2020-21 to meet the increase in salaries and other expenses. However, considering the prevailing situation, the management has decided to roll back the decision. We are sure, the step not to increase the fees will be of some relief to parents in this extraordinary situation,” said a letter sent to the parents by BVB Kochi Kendra director. Similar intimations to parents were made by other schools too.

TPM Ibrahim Khan, president of Kerala CBSE schools management association, said the decision will cause a revenue dip for schools considering the rising expenditure and teachers’ salary increment. “However, the situation is not ideal for increasing the fees as many parents might have been facing salary cuts and job losses. The decision is at the discretion of each school management, but it is good to know that many schools have taken the decision,” he said.



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