MP govt mulls fee regulatory panel for private schools

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Mar 15, 2016 17:06 IST
Parents protest against school fee hike at Mahatma Gandhi Square in Indore on Sunday. (Shankar Mourya/HT file photo)

The Madhya Pradesh government is considering setting up a committee to regulate fee structure of private schools, minister of state for education Deepak Joshi informed the state assembly on Monday.

The announcement comes more than a year after an NGO, Nagrik Upbhokta Margdarshak Manch, raised the issue of private schools arbitrarily increasing fees by 25-40% each year.

In November 2014, the Madhya Pradesh high court directed the state government to take a decision on the proposal to regulate fee structure of aided and unaided private schools.

Several initiatives to improve school education in state in the pipeline: Minister

In addition, Joshi said several initiatives to improve school education in the state were in the pipeline, including a mobile app for students and other IT-based developments.

Around 12% of the state budget will be spent on school education, an increase of 33% over last year, he said.

He also reported that 2,754 physically challenged students were living in 58 government-run hostels across the state, and around 800,000 people were admitted to private schools under the Right to Education.

“In 2015-16, around 58,000 toilets were constructed in schools. [This] was appreciated by the Central government also,” he said.

“A provision of Rs15 crore has been made for drinking water supply in schools and Rs 20 crore for electricity supply to 1,736 schools.”

In the current financial year, 100 high schools and 100 higher secondary schools will be opened, Joshi added.

Demands for grants worth Rs 9,942 crore were put to a voice vote and passed by the House after the minister’s reply.

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