Model of regulation for school fee hike to come up in a month
Uttar Pradesh chief secretary Rajive Kumar says government addressing objections raised by parentsUpdated: Jan 16, 2018 17:09 IST
Uttar Pradesh chief secretary Rajive Kumar on Monday said that the Uttar Pradesh Self Financed Independent Schools (Regulation of Fees) draft Bill 2017, aimed at checking arbitrary fee structures in private schools in the state, will come into effect in a month’s time.
He said the education department is having deliberations on the draft bill and the deputy chief minister of UP Dinesh Sharma has also promised that the regulation will come into effect shortly. Mr Kumar was replying to a question about the regulation of private schools on fees in the state on Monday while visiting Noida.
After the UP government had decided to introduce Uttar Pradesh Self Financed Independent Schools (Regulation of Fees) Bill 2017 on December 7, parent associations in Noida were happy and demanded for an early implementation.
The UP government has already made a draft of Uttar Pradesh Self Financed Independent Schools (Regulation of Fees) Bill 2017 and has started the process of resolving objections of parents from different cities. The state is expected to take the bill in its upcoming budget session scheduled in February.
“The government is having deliberations on the provisions of the draft bill. We understand the problems faced by the parents, but we have to keep all prevailing laws in mind while finalising provisions in the bill. I hope that everything will be in place in a month,” said Kumar.
Hundreds of parents, under different organisations, had protested on numerous occasions against private schools and demanded the introduction of a regulatory body. The parents also met UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath and BJP president Amit Shah seeking their intervention in the issue. However, parents said that the draft bill should remove some of the provisions that favour private schools.
“We have demanded some provisions should be removed before passing the bill to make it an act. We hope that the new act gets implemented before the upcoming academic session,” said K. Arunachalam, general secretary, All Noida Schools Parents’ Association.
The parents said that the regulation should ensure that the schools do not increase fees arbitrarily to put financial burden on them.
“The regulation model should ensure that the parents have a say when the fee is hiked by private schools. There should be complete transparency and accountability while deciding the fee structure. We hope that the new regulation model, which is yet to be finalised, will be done while keeping our demands in mind,” said Pooja Soni, a parent.
The chief secretary said that the state government is making all efforts to regulate education and health sector.
“The deliberations in Lucknow are taking place that how we can regulate private entities in education and health sector within the preview of law,” said Kumar.
“We have met with the principal secretary UP education department once over the bill. Now, he has called us again for discussion next week. If the state government will include our five-point demands in the draft bill then we will welcome the new law. Our demands are formation of a regulatory body on the lines of other regulatory bodies such as real estate, capping of annual fee hike, representation of parents in a commissioner-level committee, Central Board of Secondary Education guidelines implementation and transparency in parents-teacher meetings,” Arunachalam said.
First Published: Jan 16, 2018 17:09 IST