Wednesday, June 03, 2009

50 rupees a copy

Recently, I received a note from my sons school. The pictures of their Annual day were available, for 50 rupees a copy. Yes, you read that right. 50 rupees for a photograph copy - in this digital world. Well, the logic being that surely most parents would cough up a 50 rupee note (or notes) for a slice of their childs performance at annual day? Perhaps most parents would do so but many smart ones got their hi-res, super zoom cameras and took pictures at the event itself - perhaps they anticipated that the school would charge a liter of petrol for a picture - perhaps their friends told them. Next time I will do so too.

Any random idiot on the street knows digital prints can be got at a maximum of 10-20 rupees per copy depending on the type and nature of photographs. Now, of course the whole idea is to "recover" the cost of the function through photographs and "costume fees". Great business model schools.

Now, can we get down to create a business model for the teaching part of it too, where teachers are paid well and fees are reduced?

2 comments:

kupamanduka said...

Now, can we get down to create a business model for the teaching part of it too, where teachers are paid well and fees are reduced?

Do you think it is possible to pay teachers well and at the same time reduce fees? Compare with how expensive education is in US. The fees to teacher income ratio in India is much lower than in US.

neelakantan said...

Today a lot of fees goes into "trusts" - including the donation that we make to enrol the child in school.

Add various administrative expenses foisted on the parents. There is a lot of scope for schools to pay teachers well and keep fees low at the same time.