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Govt rules out law to curb school fee hike

The state government on Tuesday ruled out framing of a law to curb fees charged by private schools.

“Parents are independent to send their wards to schools in accordance with their financial capabilities. Private schools are also free to charge according to their requirements,” education minister P.K. Shahi said in response to a short notice question by JD(U) MLA Manjit Kumar Singh.

The legislator said the private schools had hiked fees by 40 per cent. He added that Shahi had in January 2012 pledged to bring in a law to regulate fee charged by the schools. Shahi said no state had a law that curbs fees char-ged by private schools.

“Even the Right to Education Act, 2009, does not say anything on restricting the fee charged by the private schools. If any state formulates a bill to check the fee, it will have to take the President’s approval,” he said.

In another question, raised by the JD(U)’s Chhedi Paswan, on non-compliance of quota rules in appointment by affiliated colleges receiving grants from the government, chief minister Nitish Kumar intervened to say that his government would have no objection if the House had to send recommendations on reconsidering its policy on grants to non-aided affiliated colleges.

“I had announced the policy in the Assembly in March 2008 and it was welcomed by all sections of society, including college teachers. The grants given by the government are performance-based. But in the past five years, there have been problems in giving grants to some colleges. If the House wants to take a re-look into the policy, the government will assist it,” he added.