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School fee: Parents may go to court if plea unheard
The Times of India, December 05, 2018


MUMBAI: Intensifying their fight against recent amendments to the state’s fee regulation act, parent groups in the city plan to move court if their demands are not met.

The parents, who also staged a protest last week, are demanding that schools roll back fee hikes effected over the past five years if fees had been increased every year instead of every two years. They also want refund of the excess fees and that parents be allowed to approach the fee regulatory panel in an individual capacity.During the just-concluded winter session of the state legislature, the government passed amendments to Maharashtra Educational Institutions (Regulation of Fee) Act, 2011.

“The amendments are yet to be passed in the legislative council as a few members had raised objections and stalled it. Hence we want the government to consider our demands before that is done. The government must issue an ordinance including what we have asked for,” said Anubha Sahai of India Wide Parents Association.

School education minister Vinod Tawde, however, denied that the bill had been stalled. “There was the Maratha reservation bill and discussion on drought and so it will be tabled in the next session,” he said.

The group is trying to garner political support in the house as well. “If this doesn’t work, we will file a writ petition in high court and our prayers would be the exact demands we are making,” said Sahai.

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