BJP leaders hail state govt for notifying law regulating school fee hike
Mail News Service
Jamshedpur, Jan 16: Jamshedpur Mahanagar BJP president Dinesh Kumar Wednesday thanked the Raghubar Das government for notifying the Jharkhand Education Tribunal (JET) (Amendment) Act in the larger interest of students and their guardians.
Addressing a press meet at the district BJP headquarters in Sakchi, he said the Department of Law, Government of Jharkhand, had issued the notification today.
He said the massive campaign launched by the district BJP had led the state government to enact the law to safeguard the interests of students and their guardians.
“Only the BJP has shown the sensitivity to the problems being faced by guardians in the hands of private schools. Private schools have long been exploiting them in the name of school fee hike. They also force them to purchase uniforms, books and many expensive items from particular agencies or shops in a bid to line up their pockets. All this is going to stop with the law coming into force,” said Kumar.
Kumar praised the efforts of district BJP spokesperson Ankit Anand who led the mission ‘Shiksha Satyagrah’ against exploitation of guardians and students and wrote letters to the state government officials to take deterrent action against private schools.
Ankit Anand, who was arrested during protests on the issue, said the CM, HRD Minister Nira Yadav and other state Cabinet ministers were praiseworthy for showing sensitivity to the issue.
Anand said the Bill was passed by the state Cabinet in July last year and given assent by the Governor on 2nd October. But due to technical issues, the notification got delayed. Opposition parties stopped the law from coming into effect in December 2017 itself, he said.
As per the Act, private schools will not be able to increase fees in a whimsical manner. On violation of the law for the first time, they will have to pay fine from Rs 50,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh. Second time violation will attract a minimum fine of Rs 1 lakh. Cases of violation will be heard and disposed within 30 days.
Appeals would be entertained by the High Court within 90 days. Schools will not be able to compel students to purchase uniform, books and other items from particular shops or agencies. Control committees will be set up at school and district level. DC will chair the committee.