Schools Reopen

Students, parents and schools are now geared up for the new academic year 2012-13. While some city schools will reopen on Monday, most schools are opening on Tuesday after the two-month summer vacation. Almost all schools have increased fees in the new academic year. Transport charges, prices of textbooks, uniforms and stationery have also increased by as much as 50 per cent in some cases.

A shortage of textbooks in the market means that many students have to go without them. The shortage is due to a delay in printing. For those relying on school buses, the charges have gone up by to Rs 1,000 per month with schools charging Rs 12,000 per year. All private schools irrespective of the board they are affiliated to have hiked tuition fees by 20 to 50 per cent.