The state government put up the entire report of its fee recommendation committee on its website on Saturday, requesting parents to submit suggestions by December 10.
Thus far, it had put up just a small portion of the English version of the report, but now the entire report is up as is a Marathi translation.
“Previously, there was only a one-sided report in English without any of the parents’ suggestions,” said Jayant Jain, president of All India Federation of Parents Association.
The state had set up a 21-member committee earlier this year to set out guidelines for a planned fee regulating authority. The committee submitted its report on October 10. The government put up parts of the report on its website on October 16.
The 21-member fee committee had 14 members from school managements, four from the government and three parents. The parents had described the report as one-sided, claiming that their objections and suggestions were not incorporated.
Jain said he and 20 others had met Balchandra Vasle, the state’s director of secondary and higher secondary education in Pune on Friday to urge him to put up the entire report so that parents could get a clear idea about what the issue was and what the objections of the parent members were.
The federation has also reminded the government to file an affidavit in the Bombay High Court saying schools should not hike fees while a
case about the matter is still pending.
The high court has not yet given a ruling and had asked the government to file an affidavit a month ago.
After Friday’s meeting, the federation also met social activist Anna Hazare and asked for his support. “We told him about the issue and he has agreed to campaign for us,” said Jain.