|2011-02-17||Fee hike upsets parents of school in Ulhasnagar|
ULHASNAGAR: Disputes between parents and school managements over fee hike do not seem to end. After Arya Gurukul School in Kalyan, another school in the neighbouring Ulhasnagar in Thane district is said to have hiked its fees by more than 100%.
The sudden unexpected fee hike by Pet Oxford High School during the approaching annual exam has upset parents. They have alleged that the school administration has raised the fees by 100%, which was from Rs 8,400 per year to and now it was increased up to Rs 18,000. However, the management claimed that it increased the fees in view of the implementation of the sixth central pay commission 's pay scales .
When asked about the matter, Vijay Makhija, secretary of the school management, said, "With our fee structure, it was not possible to pay our teachers according to the sixth pay commission. So, we had to hike the fees from February."
However, some teachers themselves have supported parents against the management's decision to hike the fees . They alleged that the management is trying to earn extra income.
"The school management is already making profit and can pay all its 72 teachers. But in the name of sixth pay commission, they are forcing students to pay extra fees," said Anila Thakur, teacher from the school.
Parents of the students alleged that most of them are from the low income category and work in factories or have small businesses. The sudden increase in fees has burdened them.
Abhiman Bhoir, a parent, told TOI, "The school authorities have told us that they will have to pay their teachers as per the sixth pay commission for which they have to hike the fees or they will have to shut down the school."
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