A backlash from parents of children admitted in unaided schools in Goa seem to be making the authorities stand up and act. The recent outspoken drive by such parents have made the directorate of education (DoE) take serious note of the complaints made by the parents about demands for donations by certain schools as also the rampant increase in fees of such schools without approval from the directorate.
The move has prompted the DoE to issue a circular to all unaided recognised, primary and secondary schools in the state of Goa to submit their fee structure before May 30 for its approval. The fee structure so submitted will include the registration fee, admission fee, caution money, tuition fee, annual fee and development fee.
In another jolt to the high handedness of such schools, the school managements are also required to consult parents and government nominees on the managing committee before framing the fee structure. The circular issued to the schools also points out the serious discrepancies committed by some schools that despite its previous circulars, some of them either collect fees without prior approval of the DoE or do not submit the fee structure within the specified time. They have also been asked to notify class wise fees chargeable to the candidates
The school managements have also been advised to follow the regulations prescribed in the Goa School Education Act 1984 and keep the same in regard to salary of employees without burdening parents through fees. The DoE has also instructed schools to allow sufficient time for candidates to pay the fees and in the event of a candidate deciding to join another school after paying the fees, the school has to refund the fees on production of the receipts of payments after deducting the admission fees.
In addition, the DoE has also asked the schools to file an audited statement of the previous year to the accounts section on or before June 15 and have been warned of strict action if they fail to adhere to the instructions