The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has issued a show cause notice to over 2,000 schools affiliated to it across the country for not making certain information public.
As per the norms, all CBSE schools are mandated to make details public right from the number of water taps, wi-fi facilities with speed details to a complete breakup of monthly fees of each class, admission results, reserve funds and balance sheets.
The schools were asked to fill the information online through the link given on the board's website and also upload on their respective websites by October last year.
“Over 2,000 schools have failed to comply with the mandatory disclosure order. The identified schools have been sent show cause notices. They will be given one last chance failing which they will have to pay a fine of Rs 50,000 each,” a senior board official said.
CBSE has also warned schools to follow the prescribed norms regarding the fee structure.
“The fees should be commensurate with the facilities provided by the school and any violations will be dealt with seriously,” the official added.
These show cause notices come as voices are being raised on the exorbitant fees that schools are charging from their wards. A nationwide survey on the issue has concluded that the fee hike this year ranges between a steep 11 and 20 percent, leaving parents and guardians digging deep into their pockets.
As many as 15 percent of parents surveyed said their children’s schools have hiked the fees by over 20 percent, a survey by community social media platform LocalCircles asserted. The survey was done on around 9,000 parents and grandparents.