A month after forming committee, no action against private schools on fee hikes in Maharashtra – education
A month after the Maharashtra education department formed committees to address complaints regarding the increase in fees at private schools, the department has yet to act on a single school in the city.
An official from the state education department said: “The work of the committees is being delayed a bit due to the Covid-19 situation and the resulting restrictions regarding travel. However, officials are working on the issue and will give a report soon. ”
In recent months, several parents have taken to social media to raise concerns about unjustified fees at private schools across the state. Several disgruntled parents also participated in the Thali Bajao protest organized by the Forum for Equity in Education, a non-governmental organization based in the city on October 10.
Without any action against the private schools despite several complaints, the parents said the department of education is not helping to resolve their complaints. “At our school, there is a fee increase even when most of the parents have opposed the move. When we objected, the school threatened to remove our children. Complaints made to the education department have been to no avail, ”said the father of a South Mumbai based school.
In a circular issued by the assistant principal’s office on September 16, two committees of department officials were formed to investigate complaints from parents from different schools.
“While private schools have the power to set their own fees according to the Maharashtra Educational Institutions Act (Fee Regulation Act) 2011, the law has established some rules regarding a limit on the percentage fee increase, duration after which it can be imposed and has also established the procedure for approval by the Parent Teacher Association. However, some parents have claimed that schools are not following these standards. That is why we have requested an inspection of these schools to verify their documents, ”said the education department official.