Quashing the Indore collector’s order to freeze fee hike in private schools, the MP High Court asked the collector to frame rules under the newly-passed state government’s guidelines on school fees.
The Indore Parents Association advocate, Vibhor Khandelwal said that Justice Subhra Waghmare in her ruling said that the parents are free to file a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) if they are not satisfied with the government’s new guidelines.
Khandelwal said that during the hearing, the advocates representing the private schools asked the court to declare the collector’s order as “illegal” but the court refused to do so.
The parents’ body is going to file a PIL against the order in the court and the modalities of which are being worked out, said Khandelwal.
Khandelwal added that when the petition was filed by the parents’ body, the new guidelines on school fees were yet to be passed but the state government issued them during the case’s hearing making the collector’s order redundant.
Previously, Indore Parents Association had staged protests against private schools’ alleged unjustified price hike and had complained to the additional district magistrate and education department.
Following which the collector has asked for a report on the fees hike by the education department and had said that there was major resentment among parents against the hike. Subsequently, he had issued an order banning fee hike in private schools.
The parents were unhappy with the new guidelines saying that they are in favour of the private schools and demanded a school fees regulatory authority in place.