Please suggest good alternative schools in Mumbai Suburbs. This will be a big help.
Vibgyor High, Mumbai has been steadily increasing school fees from the last few years in the range of 15000+., while
1. there is no change in the teaching standards – only deteriorating.
In fact many Teachers change every few months & there is no stability. There could weeks or months when there are no teachers or there are incapable & ill trained substitute teachers taking the classes.
2. The centralized AC which the school boasts of only works intermittently.
Parents can confirm that in the year 2011 -12. It stopped working sometime in Oct & continued so till the Academic year end. Only in Feb was the AC on occasionally.
3. The school is a vertical high rise. with narrow staircase & lifts which are inadequate for such a large number ofg students.
There is no space for even a decent cricket pitch or basketball court.
The school has been increasing post school activities at additional cost over & above the fees.
The inbuilt school extracurricular activities are badly managed- injuries are common & so is it common to see children whiling their time during this period
4. The cafeteria serves samosas , vada pavs & the likes and the lunch is spicy with no diet / nutritional balance factored in.
Again the costs are at least 20- 25% higher than similar facilities in other schools.
5. The school uniforms ( right sizes difficult to get most of the time) are at least 25 – 30 % more expensive than other schools. The shoes are justified as it is a sports shoes from a well known brand.
The Uniform is an additional & expensive cost.
6. Similarly the additional cost of the Bus facility is far more expensive than other schools esp io the shorter routes.
7. The school no doubts provides stationery such as Copies, pencils & oil crayons (inbuilt into the school fees cost) but I am certain parents can procure the same at a far lesser cost & the fees can be brought down.
8. The parent website is best not discussed . Speak with a Vibgyor parent & you will discover a pandora's box of woes.
When there is no betterment or increase in facilities why is the fees increasing so radically every year??
- Even if we peg the fees at an average of INR 1 lakh & the students numbers at 2500, it sums to INR 250000000 just in fees. ( Fees is in the range of 80000 – 1 lakh+)
- If you take an average of 100 teachers at an average salary of 25000 , this sums to 2500000. (Salary ranges from 10000 to 40000)
- Build in 30% atn an average in terms of Infrastructure cost & the total expenses equals to 77500000.
- On this last amount if you still want to factor in 30% for miscellaneous expenses ( or include in this average cost of living @ 10% or whatever) of 51750000 , the school still profits 120750000 pa.
We have not factored in the earnings the school gets from Cafeteria, The bus that it runs as a third party business & the same stands for Uniform. Also not taken into account are the high fees of the IGCSE & IB boards. Please rember the above infracture & facilities are shared by these students, hence not an additional cost, & the fees only adds to the profits..
All this when the standards & facilities in school have remained constant or only decreased.
The parents are helpless as they sign a form right at the onset that they will not protest against schools dictates. Adhishree was a shining example of how far the Govt, can help. In 10th class the Govt reinstituted her in school only in the December of that academic year which was too late. She was thrown out from the school just a day before the school reopened as her parents decided to protest against the fee hikes.
What do parents of children in Mumbai suburbs do.?? We are stuck between two extreme ends both with high negatives with our children bearing the brunt of our decisions.
Most schools here are experimental (new schools keep sprouting every other year), teachers in most schools have zero commitment as they work on a contractual basis, physical & mental punishment/ abuse is common & the children reflect this culture & value system in their abusive language & freely cheating in exams. The toilets are filthy & the classes crammed with 40 or more students in small classrooms.
With tthe current legislation (2012) of about 25 % kids from underprivilged background parents can expect only more fee hikes while the schools happily overlook the related subsidies they get from the Govt & with even greater satisfaction & zeal continue to increase the fees.
Fee hikes should be justified by schools & Govt audits of schools should be frequent.