Education Minister Thangam Thennarasu strict action for school higer fees. TN Govt fix the fee structure for private schools, ranging from Rs 3,500 to Rs 11,000. Retired Judge K Govindarajan, heading the Commission, held detailed discussions with the heads of private schools, holding more than 15 sittings and announced the fee structure.
Giving details to newspersons here, Mr Justice Govindarajan said nursery schools in rural areas could collect an annual fee of Rs 3,500 upto fifth standard, while it would be Rs 5,000 in case of urban areas.
In case of middle level, the fee would be Rs 8,000, secondary level Rs 9,000 and higher secondary Rs 11,000, he said, adding the maxium fee would be Rs 11,000 and no school could collect more than this. The 10,951 private schools in the State would be informed of the fee strucutre, which would be in force for three years, he said.
If complaints were received that any particular school collected more than the fee fixed by the Commission and the same was proved, its recognition would be cancelled, he said. Meanwhile, Mr Thennarasu, replying to a Call Attention in the State Assembly, warned of stern action against schools which collected higher fees.
The State Government had constituted the Commission following complaints that private schools, in many parts of the State, were collecting higher fees, detrimental to the interest of poor students.