The Joint Legislative Committee (JLC), constituted to go through the Maharashtra Educational Institutions (Regulation of Collection of Fee) Bill 2011, has submitted its report to the Legislative Assembly.
The bill, aimed to regulate fee hikes by schools in the state, was sent to the JLC on the last day of the budget session in April and was scrutinised by a committee of 27 legislators. The committee has disapproved of holding elections for the constitution of the executive committee of the parents-teachers’ association.
The JLC also recommended holding a lottery by drawing lots of willing parents of each standard every three years to constitute the executive committee. This committee will consist of chairperson (principal or headmaster), vice chairperson (from among the parents), secretary (from among the teachers), two joint secretaries (both from among parents) and members will be one parent and one teacher from each standard.
The executive committee will meet once in three months instead of every month. If the executive committee fails to fix the fees within a specified period, the management will refer the matter to the Divisional Fee Regulatory Committee (DFRC).
During the pendency of the reference, the management of the school shall be at liberty to collect the fee of the previous academic year, in addition to 15% increase in that fee, instead of the proposed fee, till the final decision of the DFRC.