Deputy chief minister Tara Chand, who also heads education department, said the state government has decided to form a committee to rationalise the fee structure in private educational institutes.
" The matter- rationlising fee structure- has been taken up with the law department to
constitute a committee headed by a former high court judge in pursuance of the Supreme Court judgment. The panel will go into the details and fix the fee structure of private institutions in the state," said the deputy chief minister while addressing a function.
Parents of students whose wards are studying in private schools are regularly holding protest demonstrations against the fee hike by the schools. The issue was also raised in the recently concluded Budget Session.
There are around 5,200 private educational institutes functioning in the state - including primary, middle, high and higher secondary schools - having a student strength of 10,86,206 students.
The parents are fuming over not only hike in admission but also host of other charges imposed by school authorities.
"The school authorities are acting in a manner of money-minting machines. They have hiked fees in an arbitrary manner and if anyone raises the issue his ward is harassed. In the inflationary times its difficult to give quality education in so-called "quality schools," said Chetan Sharma, whose kids are studying in private schools.
The Supreme Court in its judgment on Right to Education- mandating 25% seats for poor in schools - had also observed: "Every private school has been restrained by the Supreme Court from charging any capitation fee for admission of a child in a school either by way of donation or otherwise," the Bench observed.
"Likewise, charging exorbitant fee which amounts to commercialization of education has also been prohibited. Even the rules framed by Central Board of School Education impose restriction on any affiliated school from charging exorbitant fee which is on the same line as has been laid down by the Supreme Court," the bench comprising Chief Justice Kumar and Justice Hasnain Masoodi had said while giving judgment on April 12, 2012