Education a lucrative business! Rs 7-8 lakh 'One Time Fee' in Hyderabad schools
It's unbelievable, but it's true. Some schools in Hyderabad are charging a one time fee (OTF) of up to Rs 7 lakh per student during admission.
Hyderabad: It's unbelievable, but it's true. Some schools in Hyderabad are charging a one time fee (OTF) of up to Rs 7 lakh per student during admission.
Expressing shock over the huge fee amount, Hyderabad High Court observed that it was time to regulate school fees in Hyderabad.
While hearing a petition filed by Hyderabad Schools Parents Association (HSPA), the HC bench, comprising of acting Chief Justice Dilip B Bhosale and Justice AV Sesha Sai termed the OTF as ridiculous saying, he administration should start with schools rather than colleges if they want the people to flourish.
HSPA has termed the one time fee as an alternative to capitation fee which is banned.
State Counsel A Sanjeev Kumar told the HC that a survey had revealed that 160 schools in the city are collecting OTF from Rs 50,000 to Rs 3 lakh.
While slamming the concept of exorbitant one time fee, the HC bench dismissed the argument of Hyderabad Public School that the schools are raising fee only to pay University Grants Commission (UGC) scales to their teachers.
A counsel appearing on behalf of the protesting parents, told the court that some schools were collecting Rs 7 lakh to Rs 8 lakh as OTF.