Gandhinagar: Representatives of the parents’ group Vali Swaraj Manch met the newly reconstituted committee for exemption limit and fee fixation in Gandhinagar on Monday, to submit their demands regarding the regulation of fees in private schools.
The Supreme Court’s order had held that parents’ should have a say in the process of fee fixation and regulation, and directed the Gujarat government to form a committee which would take inputs from both parents and schools. Private schools have so far argued that the quality of education and infrastructure provided to the students differ from school to school and thus the fee is charged accordingly.
The parents also addressed the three-layer fee structure and Right to Education (RTE) Act and its implementation in Gujarat.
Parents’ representative Sukhdev Patel said, “The Gujarat government provides an equal amount in monetary grant to all grant-in-aid private schools. So why don't all schools, including self-financed ones, in Gujarat have a uniform fee standard implemented? There should not be any discrimination in the way that certain schools can be accessible only for students from well-to-do families, while the ones belonging to a poor financial background remain left behind."