Parents and activists welcomed the state education minister Rajendra Darda’s announcement to introduce a bill in the state legislature to regulate fees in unaided schools, but said that the law once passed, should be implemented properly.
On Thursday, the government said it would bring out a comprehensive law to regulate the fee structure of schools. The law, said Darda, would be cleared in the March session of the assembly.
The government is seeking legal opinion to introduce the law, and not just a notification because previous notifications have been challenged in court by unaided private schools. “It is a kind of victory for parents and activists,” said Milind Wagh, joint secretary of the Forum Against Commercialisation of Education. “But why is the government delaying? It should have passed the bill in this session itself. We hope that the Act will be in place before the next academic year starts in June.”
He added that the next focus for activists and parents should be to ask for a public debate on the proposed law so that they can give their suggestions to the government. Tamil Nadu is the only state in the country so far that has an Act in place to regulate fees in schools.
“Once the law is in place the government should ensure that it is implemented. Schools will need to be monitored to ensure that they are not overcharging,” said Arundhati Chavan, president of the Parent-Teacher Association United Forum.