My kid was joined with PG a couple of years ago at Gachibowli campus. We have seen a tremendous growth in his communication skills and he loves to go to school everyday. Its definitely a positive sign for a kid and especially the teachers are very friendly to him and I clearly see that bond i his eyes.
At that time, the fee was affordable for PP1, they charged a 35K as a donation fee (total is 75K, 35K at the time of PP1 joining time and the rest 40K at the time when the kid moves to Kokapet campus). But recently they made a crucial decision about the fee and I feel it went up a toss.
Now the donation is out of their records (probably for the sake of Govt. rules) and the increment in the fee is from 84K to 115K (almost 35% hike) and they market it as very cleverly by advertising 'affordable' by reducing the old 'donation' from the new fee.
If you pay the remaining donation and the a nominal increment (around 10% for every year) you gonna save a lot at the time of your kid reaches +12. And the management is so brilliant hence the administration department too. Now they want more & more money and try to 'educate' parents by simply saying 'you need to pay extra if you need quality' and 'Quality deserves some best price', etc. And when people questioned what is the benchmark for the quality (of course they show the medals, participation certificates, etc) and what justifies that increment, I don't see a convincing answer.
Now coming to the fee: 115K (tuition fee) + 36K (transport) + 30K (food) = 181K or 151K without food. Thats too much for the quality they are offering. When compared to similar infrastructure, similar quality in education, I see few other charging less and provides more extra curricular activities (like swimming, cricket, etc).
MORE IMPORTANT, THE TIME OF JOINING THEY PROMISED THAT THEY WOULDN'T COLLECT ANY AMOUNT FROM PARENT FOR ANY OTHER ACTIVITIES. And they managed it very nicely till these years. But this year they are celebrating the anniversary and they started asking parents to sent 1000/- as 'incidental' charges. When compared to the fee we paid this amount is nuts, but now a days, I'm more concerned about their deceive behaviour.
My journey so far with with Phoenix Greens.
My kid is studying in phoenix greens and until recently I was satisfied (not strongly satisfied) with affordable fee structure and quality of education. Quality of education is good though not great.
Recently, they have announced fees for 1st class students for upcoming academic year i.e. 2016-2017 and their "affordable" fee structure has gone for a toss.
The fee structure was "affordable" (as marketed by the school) till PP2. The current tuition fee for PP2 students is in the range of 70-76k. But, in the upcoming academic year i.e. April 2016-2017 there's a massive increase in tuition fee for 1st class and the existing students i.e. those who are studying in PP2 currently need to shell out One lakh five Thousand (105k) as tuition fee. This is an increase of ~50% for someone who is going to transition from PP2 to 1st class. If a child is going to be a new joinee in 1st class next year, their parents need to pay ~115k per annum as tuition fee alone.
Transport fee (optional) is based on distance and ranges from 8k-10k per term (1 term = 4 months), so for 3 terms i.e. per annum, the transportation fee is between 24k-30K.
Food (optional) 18000 per annum.
So, from next year for 1st class students the fee structure is:
Tuition fee + Transportation fee range per annum is: 129k -145k.
Tuition fee + Transportation + Food fee range per annum is: 147k - 163k.
I doubt if we can call this fee structure affordable as marketed/advertised by school. So, parents beware from next academic year the fee structure is changing and it's becoming at par with schools like Chirec.
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