Hyderabad: Sending children to school will become more expensive for parents in the new academic year (2013-14).
City schools have increased school bus transportation charges from June after the hike in diesel prices in September 2012.
The Centre’s latest policy to hike diesel prices every month this year (roughly Rs 1 per litre every month in Andhra Pradesh), has resulted in schools revising their transport tariff in the coming academic year.
Parents who used to pay bus transportation charges ranging from Rs 12,000 to Rs 25,000 per annum, depending on the category of the school, will now have to cough up between Rs 15,000 and Rs 30,000.
Parents who opt for autorickshaws, vans etc. run by outsiders instead of school-run buses, will find those modes of transport have also become more expensive.
Autorickshaws and vans will up charges from Rs 800 per month to Rs 1,000-Rs 1,200 per month from June 2013.
There is already an increase in tuition fees in schools in the new academic year as power and water charges and property tax have increased.
A middle-class family with two school-going kids will be spending more than half its income/salary towards education of the kids, leaving hardly anything to meet other needs such as rent, ration etc.