Close on the heels of a recent 10 percent fee hike by Birla Public School (BPS), another prominent Indian school informed parents on Sunday that school fees of their wards have been increased.
DPS-Modern Indian School (DPS-MIS) has informed parents through e-mails that tuition and transportation fees of their wards have been increased by two percent for the current academic session.
Citing a circular from the Supreme Education Council (SEC), the school management stated that the second term fee will also include arrears of first term.
Hike for second year in a row
The fee hike has caught many parents by surprise as DPS-MIS is already one of the most expensive Indian schools in Qatar.
Parent of a class five student said that he was taken aback after receiving the fee hike circular from the school.
“DPS-MIS is already the most expensive Indian school in Qatar. There should be a limit to such unwarranted hikes. If they continue to raise fees like this, I will have to think about moving my child to some other school,” he said.
Another parent, who echoed similar feelings, said he was surprised as to how the school got permission from SEC to raise fees.
He said,”Our salaries are not keeping pace with rising expenses. School fees are being hiked almost every year. Here comes the role of the SEC to keep such schools in check. The regulatory authorities should also keep the common people in mind.”
It is worth mentioning that the two schools have increased their fees for the second consecutive year.
Timing of the fee hike announcement has also left many parents fuming. Parent of a class nine student said that he was not informed about the hike when he had gone to pay fees for the first term.
He alleged that the school officials deliberately informed parents about the fee hike in the middle of the session so that they do not shift their wards to some other school.
Even if the schools take permission for fee hike in the beginning of the academic session, the parent said, they inform the parents much later.
Source : Qatar Tribune