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Ghaziabad: Parents protest against delay in passage of Fee Regulatory Act

Posted: Apr 28, 2018     By Abid Hussain Barlaskar

Irked over delay in passage of Fee Regulatory Act by Uttar Pradesh government, parents of children studying in Ghaziabad schools staged a protest on the streets on Saturday.

Members of Ghaziabad Parents Association (GPA) alleged that the proposed regulatory bill prepared by the Uttar Pradesh government is flawed. They said that the proposed bill was not drafted keeping welfare of students in mind and it directly benefits the private schools.

They also said that the draft of this bill is an insult to the constitution and the judiciary.

Here are the few points which were raised by parents:

- There is no provision of monthly fees in the bill.

- No transparent provision for formation of the Parents Teachers Association in schools.

- There is no provision to follow the transportation guidelines.

- The provision for child safety and security not mentioned in the bill.

- Parents demand creation of an Education Dispute Redressal Committee at the district level.

On December 8, the state department of secondary education released a draft of Uttar Pradesh SeIf-Financed Independent Schools (Regulation of Fees) Bill, 2017 on its website.

It was followed by a second copy of the proposed bill on December 18. Parents also alleged that there were many differences in the Hindi and the English copies of the draft.

Parents had earlier raised a host of issues like collection and usage of development charges, school’s freedom to decide fees, formation of fee committees at district level etc.

“We have also raised demands from local councillors to properly run municipal schools in their respective wards so that the monopoly of private schools could be destroyed,” said Seema Tyagi, president of GPA.

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