The MP high court on Wednesday directed the state government to take decision by January 16, 2015 to regulate fees structure in aided and unaided private schools.
The court direction came after the state government counsel submitted the process to regulate the fees in the aided and unaided private schools was in progress but it might take some more time.
The petitioner’s counsel, Dinesh Upadhyay, prayed the court to fix a time frame to make rules as the admission for session 2015-2016 is to start in coming months.
The petitioner social organisation Nagrik Upbhokta Margdarshak Manch (NUMM) said the state government during hearing of a contempt petition in September last had submitted before the court that it was in process of framing regulations. NUMM waited for over two months but the government did not frame any regulations or take steps to set up a regulatory committee for this purpose after which it filed a fresh petition in the high court in November.
The petitioner had earlier also filed a contempt petition after the school education department did not take any action on the high court order of April 2014. On April 7, 2014, the high court had asked the petitioner to submit representation to the school education department for constitution of fees regulatory committee.
In MP, the private schools are increasing the fees by 25-40% each year; the fees are hiked and collected arbitrarily under various heads including tuition, computer, building maintenance, extra-curricular activities, laboratory fees, smart class fees, re-admission fees, the petitioner social organisation’s senior activist, Dr PG Najpandey, said.
He said the matter was brought to the notice of Justice DM Dharmadhikari during his tenure as chairman of MP Human Rights Commission and the then school education minister too. Both of them took cognizance of the matter and accordingly the joint director, education, wrote a letter on June 6, 2009 to the deputy secretary, school education, for constitution of fees regulatory committee.
Although the state government contemplated to form a committee headed by a former high court judge to examine school fees and related issues in 2009, the fact remains that despite passage of four years no such committee has come into existence.