The sources disclosed that the committee has received representations on the issue from seven private schools this month, stressing that it is considering the introduction of several amendments to the criteria set by the Ministry of Education and the conditions pertaining to the percentage of fee-hike.
The ministry recently allowed 45 private schools to hike fees up to 20 per cent. However, the committee is currently studying the proposals of raising this limit since many private schools are introducing high-standard facilities, the sources said.
According to the sources, these private schools were granted the permission to raise their fees in accordance with a set of conditions, which took into account the status of the premises, qualification of the teaching and administrative staff and the social and educational services offered by them.
'The limit of the hike ranges between 10 and 20 per cent at present and some schools are still insisting on raising the fee with retrospective effect from the beginning of the current academic year (September 2002),' the sources said.
The ministry is discussing the issue with the school managements, trying to convince them to effect the fee-hike from the date of receiving the ministry's approval last month.
The sources added that the committee is taking into account the fact that several schools have been offering improved educational services and had spruced up their premises and facilities.
Private schools will be given the opportunity to hike their fees with no specific limit or ceiling, besides allowing them to increase their fees every academic year, rather than every three years as stipulated in the Private Education Law by-laws, provided schools prove that the hike is justified by furnishing documents clarifying the type of services they added to their educational institutions, the sources observed.
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