Maharashtra Fee Concerns around Parents over late fees harassment by schools

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National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights: Parents from across the state have written about problems affecting private schools in the state to the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR). Parents from across the state have written about problems affecting private schools in the state to the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR). (Sunil Ghosh/HT)(Representative image).

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The president of the Indian Parents Association’s message: In their message, the Association of Indian Parents asked the Commission to look at issues related to fee hikes, intimidation in the event of parents protesting about hikes, and the inability of the State Education Department to move against such colleges. Many schools have harassed students in Maharashtra Fee Concerns. On behalf of parents, we have sent complaints to the state government but have not received any reaction. The education department has not audited any schools, despite submitting a list of schools to the state government, and we, therefore, hope that the commission directs the government to do so,” said Anubha Sahai, who is the president of the Indian Parents Association. Sahai said the state government should also work to name a chairperson to the existing vacant post of the Maharashtra State Child Rights Commission.

Parents also since added a list of schools where, pending concerns, conflicts with regard to fees have yet to be addressed. Parents had to face a lot of financial challenges with work losses and salary cuts after the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown. Nevertheless, even during such a situation, many private schools have raised fees and have taken action against children whose parents have some dues pending,' said the parent of a student in Kalyan whose son was recently suspended from the school online groups for non-payment of dues.

State education department officials said that because the issue of fees is sub-judice with regard to private schools, they will not comment on the matter. A government resolution published on May 8 specified that for the current academic year, schools could retain all fee hikes and have to encourage parents to pay fees in installments. However, the GR was stayed by the Bombay High Court on June 26 in response to an appeal by several private school owners' organizations. The petitioners argued that private school tuition can not be controlled by the government as per the existing laws.

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