MP: No need to monitor fees in pvt schools, replies govt to PIL

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jabalpur
  • Updated: Feb 19, 2015 16:37 IST

The MP government, in reply to a public interest litigation (PIL), has said there was no need to frame any policy/guideline to monitor fees in private schools across the state.

The government’s response came after a PIL was filed by the Nagrik Upbhokta Margdarshak Manch (NUMM), seeking court direction to the state government for constitution of a regulatory committee to monitor fees structure in private schools.

NUMM released to the press on Tuesday the copy of the reply filed by the state towards its PIL.

The state, in a reply further, said it decided not to make any regulation/guideline to monitor fees in private schools as it was providing education at very low fees in schools running under schemes of the state/central governments and there are sufficient numbers of such schools.

After the introduction of the Right to Education Act, 2009, all the schools are bound to provide 25% reservation to BPL students, the state government said.

Private schools affiliated to the CBSE and ICSE are already following the guidelines framed by the state government under RTE, 2009.

Regulating fees in private schools is a complex issue as it depends on various factors and any such action against these institutes will adversely affect the quality of education they impart, the state replied justifying its point not to regulate fees in private schools.

Parents can always opt for schools that have been maintained by the state government in accordance with the law, the state replied. NUMM president PG Najpandey said he would file a rejoinder to the state’s reply soon.

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