The landmark bill, which will regulate the fee structures of private education institutes by giving special powers to the parent teachers association (PTA) and put faulting school managements behind bars besides imposing penalty on erring schools, will see the light of the day soon.
The state Cabinet on Monday cleared the controversial ‘school fee regulation’ policy, paving the way for the bill to be presented in the assembly soon.
However, getting it cleared in the assembly may be a Herculean task for education minister Rajendra Darda, who spent almost a fortnight giving final touches to the draft bill since many legislators are either education barons or are promoters or on the managements of education institutes.
“The policy will be tabled in the state legislature in a day or so,” minister for state for school education Fauzia Khan said.
According to official sources, the bill, which will be implemented from the current academic year, had been put up for objections and suggestions for over a month now. It was then sent to the law and judiciary department to check legal aspects.
The bill gives special powers to the PTA to be part of decision-making, in case of any proposed fee hike. This will have to be backed with relevant accounts including to expenditure and revenue records of the school.
If the PTA is not convinced with the proposed hike it can appeal with the state divisional committee consisting of a retired high court, district judge and members of the state board and ICSE or CBSE board.
If the issue is not resolved at this level, then there will be state level committee consisting of the director of school education, which will address the issue. If managements are not found keeping by the regulations, they will face Rs5 lakh penalty and imprisonment ranging from one to three years.