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Parents can now voice grievances regarding school fees

Thursday, December 07, 2017
By Parth Khatau

In an attempt to iron out issues and complaints regarding school fees, the Fee Regulation Authority (FRA) and Divisional Fee Regulation Committee (DFRC) have put forth a suggestion to the state government to allow parents to have more of a say regarding discontentment with fees.

Speaking at a press conference held at the Bal Bhavan, Charni Road, yesterday, Minister Of Technical & Higher Education, Vinod Tawde said, "The State government received a lot of complaints regarding education fees in the past year from parents, following which, we had a meeting with the Fee Regulation Authority (FRA) and Divisional Fee Regulation Committee (DFRC) to make amendements in the fee structure."

"We have put forth a report to the Government and will speak to all personnel concerned for approval so that there are no such issues next year onwards," he added.

This proposal, subject to approval, shall give the parents more power and more of a say in matters related to school fees, allowing them to speak up against the fees charged if they feel the facilities and teaching standards provided by the school do not match the fees paid. All schools across Maharashtra are allowed to hike fees by a maximum 15 per cent every two years.

"We want to give more power to the parents," said Tawde. "So far, it has always been that there would be one parent and one teacher who would form a Parent Teacher's Association per class," he added. "However, now we plan to change that to two parents and one teacher, giving the parents a majority."

Attempts are being made to ensure that the matter is approved by the state government by the end of January, to put the system in place by the time the new academic year commences in March. It applies to all schools across Maharashtra, across all boards.

We have put forth a report to the government and will speak to all personnel concerned for approval so that there are no such issues next year onwards
 - Vinod Tawde, Minister of Technical &  Higher Education

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