Pvt school fee Bill unlikely during monsoon session

Tribune News Service

Shimla, July 26

The state government is unlikely to bring in Bill to rein in private schools on the issue of fee structure during ensuing monsoon session as the Education Department is likely to hold consultations with all private schools, which could prove to be a lengthy affair.

As many as 25 objections and suggestions have been received by the Education Department to the Himachal Pradesh Schools (Regulation of Fee and other Related Matters) Bill 2021. It is reliably learnt that a majority of the prominent residential schools located in Shimla, Solan and Kangra have filed their objections.

It was being expected that the Bill would be tabled in the assembly during the ensuing monsoon session of the Vidhan Sabha, which will commence on August 2. A decision has now been taken to hold consultations with private schools across the state to elicit their viewpoint. This will obviously take time and it would not be possible to bring in the legislation during the monsoon session.

The private schools have already expressed their displeasure at the proposed Bill by terming it "arbitrary" which will threaten the autonomy of the schools. "Moreover, the Bill proposes to vest the executive with powers to inspect schools without any complaint or prior notice and empowers the deputy commissioner to check the school accounts every year," said an owner of a private school.

The management of the private schools and parents have been at loggerheads over the fee structure and the steep hike being made by some schools, every year.


Holding talks a lengthy process

  • It was being expected that the Bill would be tabled in the Assembly during the ensuing monsoon session of the Vidhan Sabha which will commence on August 2
  • A decision has now been taken to hold consultations with private schools across the state to elicit their viewpoint. This will obviously take time and it will not be possible to bring in the legislation during the monsoon session
Courtesy: Tribune News Service
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