Hyderabad: Parents in the city are in a state of confusion as the state government has given the green signal for schools to begin admissions but not yet taken a decision on the fee issue in private schools.
Parents said that if admissions were given without any fee regulation, they would have to pay the 10 per cent hike fee recommended by the Professor Tirupati Rao Committee.
In a GO released by the state government, it instructed all the un-aided schools, private schools, aided schools, CBSE schools, and IB, Cambridge and ICSE schools to begin the admission process from January 2 to January 12.
The government, however, has warned of strict action against the schools which ask for captivation fees while giving admissions.
As per the schedule issued by the government, schools are instructed to issue notification for admissions on their school websites on January 2.
From January 3 to January 8 schools are advised to collect the receipt of online applications through their website.
Headmasters and principals are asked to select the applications within two days from January 9 to 10 and furnish a final list of admissions to the District Education Officers (DEO) concerned. This must be put up on the school websites by January 12.
Dr Narsimha Reddy, principal of Hyderabad Public School in Ramanthpur, said, “It is difficult for any school to finish the entire process in the given time. We need to give parents more time to select schools and apply. Five to 10 days is definitely not sufficient, usually we keep it open for a month. Why should we turn down parents who can’t apply in a span of five days.”
Ashish Naredi, a member of HSPA, said, “Prof. Tirupathi Rao recommended 10 per cent hike but says nothing about the base fee. So now with sudden announcement of admissions in private schools, all the schools will jack up base fees by 30-40 per cent.”