JET panel meets to review school fee

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  • Published 17.06.09

Ranchi, June 17: An eight-member committee constituted by the Jharkhand Educational Tribunal (JET) to work out the fee structure of private schools convened its first meeting here today.

Lakshmi Singh, chairperson of the State Women’s Commission, who headed the meeting, said rationality and the future course of action should be looked at before the report is submitted within the two-month timeframe.

“We also discussed the modalities to be followed while making recommendations in the final report,” she said.

The members also discussed the JET order. “Before the final submission of the report to the tribunal, we are free to invite school principals or any body concerned with this issue to serve our purpose,” the chairperson said.

This committee was formed following the JET directive earlier this month (June 6) after schools had hiked the fee by as much as 100 per cent.

Parents and the Jharkhand Abhibhavak Manch had filed separate cases opposing the move. The JET tagged all the cases and passed a common order in the matter. Individual petitions included those of parents whose children studied in the De Nobili Schools of Dhanbad and Carmel School in the capital.

A total number of 14 cases were filed in the tribunal by the parents in past two months (April-May). However, in its interim order, the tribunal directed the schools to raise fee only by 15 percent.

The members of the committee constituted by the tribunal includes Lakshmi Singh, Arun Kejriwal, Dilip Jerath, Rohit Singh, P.K. Jha, L.R. Saini, Bhubaneswar Jha and a parent.

They will meet again on July 11.