GUWAHATI, April 1 - In response to a public interest litigation filed against unilateral and recurring enhancement of various school fees in the State, the Gauhati High Court has directed to issue notices to the State Education Department and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
A division bench, comprising Chief Justice Ajit Singh and Justice Manojit Bhuyan, after hearing counsels for both the sides, including the Guardians� Association of Private/Public Undertakings School Students, the petitioner, had asked the respondents who include the State Education Department and the CBSE to reply within six weeks.
While advocate PJ Saikia appeared on behalf of the petitioners, the government was represented by S Saikia and BS Goyal. The petitioner, in its PIL, expressed concern over the mushrooming of private schools and education institutions across the State, particularly in Kamrup (Metro), under elementary and secondary education and their arbitrary decisions to hike tuition and other fees.
The petitioner also expressed dissatisfaction with the government, alleging that the latter has failed to control and regulate the rampant establishment of such institutions who are violating the laid-down norms of relevant laws.