Regulatory body to check school fee hike soon: UP minister

The UP food minister said a regulatory authority will be formed to ensure that private schools do not hike fees arbitrarily

noida Updated: Jul 07, 2017 22:14 IST
Vinod Rajput
Vinod Rajput
Hindustan Times
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Parents in Noida and Ghaziabad who have been protesting against fee hikes by schools have been demanding a regulatory body.(HT Photo)

The Uttar Pradesh government is likely to announce the formation of a regulatory authority next week to ensure that private schools do not hike their fees arbitrarily, said Atul Garg, state minister for food, civil supplies, rent control, consumer protection, food safety and drugs administration.

Garg spoke while addressing a gathering at a convention of the Confederation of Delhi-NCR RWAs (CONRWA) held at India International Centre in Delhi on Sunday.

Participants at the convention had asked why the Uttar Pradesh government was not taking steps to regulate private schools that they said arbitrarily increase school fees.

“Following complaints from parents, chief minister Yogi Adityanath had formed a five-member committee that consists of deputy chief ministers and ministers to look into this issue. The committee has decided to form a regulatory authority which will regulate private schools that keep increasing their fees, troubling parents,” said Garg, who is one of the members of the committee.

“There are mechanisms to ensure that private engineering colleges do not hike tuition fees and other expenses annually. Similarly, there should be an effective regulatory authority to check schools from hiking fees every year and imposing hefty charges for events and other purposes,” said PS Jain, president, CONRWA.

“School fee hike has become an important issue for parents in every city. If a regulatory authority is formed, it will be of great help to parents, who have to resort to protests every time the fee is increased,” he added.

Other panelists who attended the CONRWA meet also spoke on pollution, the real estate regulatory authority (RERA), education, waste management and other social issues affecting Delhi-NCR. Members from Delhi, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, Faridabad and Noida attended the convention.

First Published: Jul 03, 2017 23:26 IST