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Private school fee up by 150 pc in last 10 yrs; School expenses force parents for one child: ASSOCHAM Survey

 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

With rapidly increasing cost of school education and falling standards of government schools, it is becoming difficult for salaried parents in big cities to afford tuition fee and other expenses which have gone up by 150% in the last ten years, an ASSOCHAM paper has noted.

On the other hand, the resources and the earnings of the parents, have not kept pace with the increasing expenses on education and other crucial heads like health, reveals the ASSOCHAM survey.  

These findings are arrived at a random survey done under ages of the ASSOCHAM Social Development Foundation (ASDF) on “Rising school expenses irks parents” which highlighted that school expenses of a single child including tuition fees have risen from Rs. 55,000 in 2005 to Rs.1,25,000 per annum in 2015 .

Expressing concern over increasing cost of education, Mr. D S Rawat, Secretary General ASSOCHAM said, “If we need to reap the demographic dividend, we need to focus on the quality of school education, which must be made affordable, if not free. The bias, should shift back to the government role both at the Central and the states".
 
In the random survey, nearly 1600 working parents were interviewed in cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Lucknow, Dehradun, Pune, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, Chandigarh etc by the ASDF in months of April-May 2015. It also came to limelight that 9 out of 10 parents find meeting their ward’s school cost ‘very’ difficult.
 
Nearly one in ten respondents indicated that the cost associated with schooling has actually affected even their choice of school. Over 70% of parents spend 30-40 per cent of take-home pay on their children education, placing significant burden on their family budget.

While the annual  fees are on average Rs. 65,000 to Rs. 1,25,000 on single child for regular schools, even the pre- schools for those aged 3 to 5 cost, parents  about Rs. 35,000 to Rs. 75,000 a term.

“These expenses include uniforms, books, stationery, transport, sports activities, school trips, contributions to upgrade schools, school aids etc. The total expenses for learning would be many times higher than school fees”, said Mr. Rawat.

School costs have risen at more than double the rate of inflation and come amid warnings to parents to plan early for their child's education. Survey also shows that families having more than one kids that send their children to private schools will be hit the hardest.


In the majority of cases, schools lay down specific uniform specifications, such as a crested jumper, a blazer or particular overcoat. Many schools require parents to purchase uniforms from a specific retailer. Very often, only one local retailer stocks and sells the uniform for a school, which means they can charge whatever price they choose in the absence of competition.

In the survey, 80 percent of the respondents expressed their concern regarding the increase in the tuition fees, transport fees, development fees and, activity fees.  It further reveals that many parents are slashing their expenditure on vacations, home renovation and various other expenditures.

AVERAGE EXPENSES FOR ONE PARENT IN THE YEAR 2015

Cost

Annual Cost- For One Child

Annual Cost- For Two Children

Shirt/ Trousers/ Skirts

2500

5500

Shoes

3500

6800

Bag / Bottles

1500

3000

Sports Kit

2000

4500

Text books

3400

7000

School trips

2500

5500

School Clubs

1500

3000

Technology

1500

2500

Pack lunches + Transport + Tution

35,000

 

65,000

 

Building Fund

25,000

40,000

Fairs

6,000

10,000

Stationery/ Newspaper

5,000

10,000

Tuition/ coaching Expenses

 

 

  • Primary Level

5,000

10,000

  • Secondary Level

25,000/-

50,000

Extra Co-curricular Expense

 

 

  • Primary Level

3,000

5,000

  • Secondary Level

8,000

10,000

 

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