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 Maharashtra likely to regulate school fees from this year
Saturday, May 2, 2009 More News...

Mumbai: State education minister Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil wants to create a body to regulate the fees charged by schools across the state. "While the Shikshan Shulka Samiti regulates fee for higher and technical education institutions, there is no such regulatory body for school education. We are working on setting up such a body in the next couple of months, so that fee regulations can be implemented for the coming academic year," said Vikhe Patil.

Will this body regulate ICSE, CBSE and IB schools too? "Definitely," says Vikhe Patil. "Any school that wants to function in Maharashtra must abide by the laws of the land." Patil says he has received several complaints about profiteering by schools. ?We cannot give schools the liberty to exploit the system," he says.

The new fee regulatory committee will check a school?s balance sheets in order to gauge whether the fee charged is justified.

Parents say they support the government?s initiative. "It?s high time such a committee was set up. I also feel there should be a regulatory body to monitor whether the quality of education offered by a school is worth the fees that parents have to cough up," said J Sarita, parent of a student of Ryan International School, Kharghar.

Source : headlinesindia

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