Mumbai: No student will be deprived of education under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, said Varsha Gaikwad, Maharashtra School Education Minister, on Monday.
The minister assured the parents stating, “Parents can apply for reduction in school fees individually until the Bombay High Court (HC) announces a final verdict regarding fee reduction. But at the same time, students cannot be barred by schools from attending online classes or appearing for online exams.”
Right to Education is the fundamental right of every child. Several parents & teachers’ associations have complained that some private schools are targeting students over unpaid fees during the lockdown. An enquiry has been ordered into all such complaints. #RTE #schoolfees pic.twitter.com/sl7t4uvV7n
— Varsha Gaikwad (@VarshaEGaikwad) February 22, 2021
The Maharashtra School Education Minister also set up an eight-member committee to look into the raging school fee issue.
Gaikwad also reiterated that Fee Regulation Committee (FRC) will be set up at both divisional and state level to handle complaints from parents. This provision already exists in the current rules, but the actual committee (FRC) has not been set up.
Further, Gaikwad said, “The school education department will take proper care that no student is deprived of education under the Right to Education (RTE) Act. The committee will take into consideration suggestions from parents, administrators and charitable organizations and prepare a comprehensive report and submit it to the state government.”
Parents have been protesting since the last few months demanding reduction of school fees on account of financial constraints and economic loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, on February 17, around 300 parents of the students studying in private unaided schools of Maharashtra staged a protest at Azad Maidan over fees charged during the COVID-19 pandemic.