The Maharashtra state education department has named four schools for charging excess fees from students to the tune of nearly Rs 13 crore.
Deputy director for school education Vaishali Jamdar has directed four schools in Nagpur – Podar International (Besa), St Vincent Palloti (Jafar Nagar), Sandipani (Hazaripahad) and as well as at Hiwri Nagar to refund the excess amount to parents within a month.
The fees were charged for three years – from the academic session 2017-18 to 2019-20.
According to the Maharashtra Educational Institutions (Regulation of Fee) Act, 2011, schools can hike fees only up to 15 percent once in two years, but the management collected excess charges every year from hapless parents. A majority of these schools had collected fees under the heads of amalgamated funds, activity charge, computer and e-learning charges, but failed to give any explanation on the rules under which those were collected.
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