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Arbitrary fee hike by private schools raised in Rajya Sabh

New Delhi:Arbitrary hike in private school charges came to the spotlight on Friday at the Rajya Sabha, with many participants raising the problem.

Shwait Malik of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) requested an investigation into the unusual charges charged by private schools, stating "traders" were now opening schools for the sole purpose of making cash.

He said colleges only force parents to purchase clothes, books and stationery from them or at exorbitant prices designated stores.

"Schools ask for building fees in addition to donations. Parents are compelled to purchase books at four times the usual cost. They are compelled to purchase uniforms from schools while ideally they should get them from tailors. Parents are exploited on multiple pretexts such as tours and science experiments," said Malik.

Samajwadi Party Surendra Singh Nagar claimed that college charges had risen nearly 150 percent since 2005 during the Zero Hour. The parents were over-charged for different operations besides this.

He said the govt of Uttar Pradesh had introduced a law to regulate private colleges, but it was not yet fully implemented in the state.

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