Aam Aadmi Party staged a protest against the Private Schools on hike in school fees on June 24 at Samvidhan Square, the members of AAP even submitted a memorandum to the collector in presence of Maharashtra treasurer.
As per the Maharashtra Government rules, private school can increase their fees structure in every 3 years span. But ignoring the laws these Private schools raise the fees by 10-15% every year. In last 5 years, the fee structure shows a hike of 70-100%.
According to reports, before raising the fee in Private institute, it is mandatory for the school body to inform the parents and teachers union but the institutes are seen exploiting parents financially without prior notice.
Educational Department is well aware of the act but no legal action is taken on any school till date. Parents are forced to buy uniforms, books, shoes either from schools or suggested garment shops though it is never a restriction. The institutions charge on the name of sports day, annual function, computer fees, picnic, building fund, smart board, etc. The institutions are making huge money out of this, which also points finger on these organizations that they lost their main motive of providing education.
According to the Right to education (RTE) 2009 act states that every student has the right to get free books and school uniforms at the time of admissions but is not done by any private educational institution.
AAP Demands the following objectives to the collector
- From 1st to 10th standard, schools must charge fees about 15 to 25 thousand.
- Permission should be granted by parents, teachers association (PTA), on increase in fees and involvement of PTA members in every decision policy is mandatory.
- Every state’s PTA selection process should not differ in any manner, to get appeal on the behalf of parents, date for the selection process must be similar, date should be mentioned on the websites of education department and schools before time.
- Sibling concession must be given to every candidate sibling.
- Government has only permitted NCERT books, should be followed sincerely.
- Keeping this rule on mind, private publisher’s bookselling must be strictly prohibited.
- Stores providing books, notebooks, shirts, pants should be closed before time.
- Junk food provision in schools should be banned.
- Torturing students for paying fees should not be practiced by schools.
- Guardians must not be pressurized by school authorities for private coaching.
- Extra fee on computer fee, picnic, annual function should not be charged by school organization.
- Institutes must focus on student’s studies for rising educational standards.
- After performing audit by CAG, permission for hiking fees must be given.
- Display of class fees structure on notice board, on websites of educational department and schools should be strictly banned.
Ajay Dharma, Santosh Vaidya, Ravindra Kutthe, Amol Hadke, Prashant Nilatkat, Ashok Mishra, Milesh Goyal, Shankar Ingole, Pramod Naik, Neha Barewar, Sachin Somkuwar, Bhushan Dhakulkar, Shirish Tidke, Amit Pise, Rajni Shukla, Geeta Guhikar, Shalini Arora, Laxmikant Dandekar, Rizwan Baig, Aakash Rathod, Kishor Chimurkar, Lahanu Umredkar, Vijay Dhakate, Rajkumar Gupta, Devendra Parihar, Ashok Patil, Vinod Almdohkar, Piyush Aakre, Chhtrapati Sharma and Mohit tiwari were present in the protest.
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