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KVS fee hike plan

New Delhi, Dec. 27: The Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan may raise its school development fee by over 100 per cent from next year.

The KVS board of governors, headed by the HRD minister, will meet here tomorrow to discuss a proposal to hike the vidyalaya vikas nidhi (development fee) from Rs 240 a month now to between Rs 500 and Rs 900.

Girls and SC/ST children do not have to pay tuition fees. Boys from Classes VIII to XII pay tuition fees, which range between Rs 200 and Rs 400.

A KVS source said every government employee was entitled to a monthly reimbursement of Rs 1,250 per child for a maximum of two children towards payment of fees. Since the tuition fee and the development fee together come to around Rs 500 for most students, an employee is unable to claim the entire entitlement. If accepted, the move would affect children whose parents are not government employees. Of the 10.5 lakh children in 1,092 KVS schools, there are nearly 50,000 such children.