Madurai: As colleges reopened on Monday for lessons until X and with admissions underway, there have been complaints from dad and mom that a number of non-public colleges in Madurai are gathering extra charges and in addition charging minimal charges for seats reserved underneath RTE Act for which no tuition charges have to be paid by dad and mom.
Mother and father who enrolled their kids in numerous non-public colleges say the faculties charged extra charges citing rise in prices and try to make up for losses made previously two years. “The college is attempting to gather further charges in a discreet method saying that it’s for extra uniforms, books or extracurricular actions despite the fact that we paid the essential charges they fastened. The college can also be not offering correct receipts for these extra charges. For varsity transport, extra charges are being charged than what was beforehand being collected,” mentioned a dad or mum whose youngster is enrolled in a non-public matriculation college. In case of seats reserved underneath the Proper of Training (RTE) Act in non-public colleges, some dad and mom mentioned colleges are charging numerous further charges although they aren’t required to pay tuition charges in any respect. Just a few colleges are additionally gathering tuition charges from college students who enrolled in RTE seats promising to later reimburse it when funds are acquired from the federal government.
“As per the Tamil Nadu Colleges (Regulation of Assortment of Charge) Act, 2009, solely the charge construction fastened by the charge willpower committee have to be collected. Nevertheless, many non-public colleges are usually not following it and are discovered to be gathering extra charges citing numerous doubtful causes. Colleges are additionally making the most of dad and mom of these enrolled underneath RTE Act by charging a minimal tuition charge which oldsters pay up as a result of lack of information,” mentioned SFI district secretary R Vel Deva. The SFI on Wednesday submitted a petition to district chief instructional officer (CEO) Ok Karthika on this regard naming a number of non-public colleges which collected extra charges. The CEO mentioned motion shall be taken towards any college discovered to be violating guidelines.
M Arumugam, state president, Federation of Personal Colleges Affiliation (FePSA) reiterated that charges haven’t been elevated by colleges however the one distinction is that whereas final yr solely about 70% charge was collected because of the Covid-19 pandemic, this time 100% charge is being collected. “If some dad and mom are struggling financially because of the Covid-19 pandemic and are unable to pay the 100% charges, solely the federal government should take duty and supply funds. Regardless of losses, non-public colleges are usually not growing tuition charges for the sake of fogeys and are giving incentives for academics,” he mentioned. He additionally added that in case of RTE seats, non-public colleges are getting delayed cost of the funds from the federal government even as much as two years however tuition charges are usually not collected from college students.