M’rashtra to take action against schools illegally hiking fees

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M'rashtra to take action against schools illegally hiking fees, Brainfeed magazine

Maharastra’s Education Minister Vinod Tawde clarified that action will be taken against any school of any board that violates the rule that says schools can increase their fees up to 15 per cent once in every two years only.

Tawde said the Maharashtra government has clearly defined various components of fees including the development fees, tuition fees and bus fees in the Maharashtra Educational Institutions (Regulation of Fee) Act 2011. The Act was enforced from December of 2014.

Stating that his ministry can also take action against ICSE and CBSE schools if they violate the rule, Tawde said, “We can cancel the no-objection certificate (NOC) and a school, as a result, can get closed. This, in turn, affects thousands of students.We conduct hearings of schools. Some schools move court against our action. Some schools say they are minority community-run institutes and do not come under the purview of the Right To Education (RTE) Act.”

He said, “Parents can afford to pay (for) a slight increase in fees. But if schools increased fees exorbitantly, household budgets get affected.”

The minister further clarified that school fees pare permitted to be increased only in consultation and approval of the Parents Teachers’ Association (PTA).