Jammu and Kashmir
Srinagar, 20: Iqbal Memorial Institute, Bemina, Srinagar, after complaints from parents about the random fee hike has been revoked by the School Fee Fixation Committee headed by Justice (retd) Hakim Imtiyaz Hussain.
The school authorities in a response to the notice said the fee structure had been reconsidered by the institute in ignorance of the orders passed by the High Court.
Later a letter from the secretary, school management, to the fixation committee reads that, they however, hereby submit that, besides immediately reducing there fees to previous rates, will also return the excess fee charged from the students on account of revision.
Parents had complained to the committee that the school had hiked the tuition fee by nearly 11 per cent without giving a prior notice following which the committee issued a notice to institute.
A similar notice has also been issued to other private schools, including Delhi Public School at Budgam and Baramulla. Both these schools have already halted the recent fee hike.
The school authorities also assured that it would follow the orders of the committee in the matter of fee fixation.
The letter added all the details the school fee was stagnant from a long period and hike was done in school fee because due to the increase of the cost of various inputs like salaries of teaching/non-teaching staff, cost of construction, upgrade of library/laboratory, classrooms, buses and other expenses.
It also mentioned that due to September 2014 floods and substantial increase in the salary of the staff, the school had suffered a huge loss.