The Madhya Pradesh high court on Tuesday directed the state government to come out with proper guidelines to regulate fees in private schools by June 18.
Hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by the Nagrik Upbhokta Margdarshak Manch (NUMM), the high court took strong notice of the reply filed by the state in January, saying “there is no need to frame any policy/guidelines to monitor the fees in private schools in the state.”
A high court division bench, comprising justices Rajendra Menon and SK Gangele, raised objections to the state's reply and issued the fresh directives.
State government counsel Swapnil Ganguli informed the court that the state government was in the process of framing guidelines to regulate fees in private schools.
Earlier the NUMM had moved a PIL to the court seeking direction to the state government to constitute a regulatory committee to monitor fees structure in the private schools.
The state in its reply had stated that it decided not to make any regulation/guidelines to monitor fees in private schools, as they were providing education at very low fees in the schools running under schemes of state and Central governments.
It had said that there were sufficient numbers of such schools in every district.
To support its point, the state took the ground that regulating fees in the private schools was a complex issue depending on various factors and any such action against the private schools would adversely affect quality of education.
"Parents can always opt for schools which have been maintained by the state government in accordance with the law," the state had said in its reply