Private schools of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh which also include schools of the NCR region in Noida, Ghaziabad and Gurgaon top the charts when it comes to arbitrary fee hike.

In the past two years, 17 cases each, of fee hike were reported to the Central Board of Secondary Education from schools in both these states. This information was shared by Minister of State for Human Resource Development (HRD) Upendra Kushwaha in Parliament on Monday in response to a written question.

As per the data provided by the ministry, most number of complaints of arbitrary fee hike and donation have been received from Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. Following that is Punjab with six complaints in two years. Other states like Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Rajasthan have either two or three complaints.

This answer was given in response to a question asking whether the government is aware that private schools hike fee without any prior notice and arbitrarily.

“The Government and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) do receive sporadic complaints against its affiliated Independent unaided schools with regard to fee hike and donation,” the minister said in his reply.

“Whenever CBSE receives any complaint against unaided private school affiliated to it regarding charging of fees in arbitrary manner, the Board as per existing guidelines immediately seeks reports from the concerned affiliated school and thereafter on receipt of reply, necessary action is initiated as per Affiliation Bye laws,” he added.

In case the Board is able to establish the violations, it takes action that may lead to disaffiliation of the school. In case of the schools that are affiliated to various state boards, the responsibility of fixing the issue lies with the respective boards.