Private school fees are going up in UP, which is causing tension among the people. On the one hand, the increase in fees, on the other hand, the impact of inflation, the people’s budget has started to be wasted. Ghaziabad resident Sudip Singh is a sales manager in a multi-national company. His wife Rama Singh is a housewife. They have two children and both are currently in school. The eldest son Atharva is in 10th class, the girl Prashansa is in 7th class.
Sudip Singh says inflation is rising everywhere, with a direct impact on the middle class. After hearing the news of increasing the fee, the relatives also started getting phone calls. Study is a subject where you cannot compromise. The condition of our public schools, we are forced to send our children to private schools. We need to reduce other costs. Production has now declined in the Corona era. Whether it’s school fees, clothes, labor, everything has gone up. Input decreased and output increased. This has made it very difficult to balance the budget.
He said last year’s fee structure for transport fees was Rs 80,000 or more, where all these things would increase after the Covid-19. Transportation fees in particular will rise, as petrol prices rise. Transportation costs will increase by 20 to 25 percent. Not only do we have to pay the fees, the school also has a lot of hidden charges, which we have to pay at the beginning of this year. At the same time, housewife Rama Singh said that the impact of inflation falls heavily on the household budget. If we go to fetch vegetables, it also affects us. Everything has become very expensive.
Nihar Sahu is a businessman by profession and his wife Sitisha works. They have two children, one studying in class 10 at a private school in Ghaziabad and the other son Shihan studying in class two. Fees for two children will increase from this year and both the husband and wife are working, but they said, after hearing the news of the increase in fees, first of all we looked at the budget. The budget we set earlier will now increase. The kids are also going to tuition, there are stationery costs, there are uniforms. If schools increase fees by 10%, then the price of other things will also increase. The load will increase, so the load on the budget will also increase. The rest has to be cut. It should have increased a little less than 10 percent of the total. Now it is known that there has been a hike. We pay a fee of Rs 2.5 lakh per year for the older child and if the child does our medical coaching in a well-known tuition, it also costs.
Sitisha said that besides the children’s wages, the children also have to be provided with food and drink. In this case, the rate of milk has also increased, so you have to think twice before drinking milk. You have to think about whether to take 1 liter of extra milk or not. We had to pay ₹ 8 more per day, so we started getting more than Rs. The social circle of children is so high that we have to send good things for their tiffin too. Wages are not rising, but our costs are rising.
As a teacher at a private school in Noida, as well as a single parent, Manjusha has said two different things about raising fees. Both are very funny, he said, if the fees are increased, then the salaries of teachers should also be increased. On the other hand, as a guardian, he says, the budget will be wasted a lot due to the increase in fees, although the increase will not have much effect on us.
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