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HC order on school fees hailed

By The Assam Tribune
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Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, March 11: Welcoming the Gauhati High Court’s judgement over school fee structures, the Guardian Association of Private/Public Undertakings School Students (GAPUSS) has said that the court’s intervention would put a stop to the whimsical and abnormally high fee structures imposed by private school managements on parents.

Addressing a press conference here today, Nayanjyoti Sarma and Sobhan Kumar Medhi, president and secretary respectively of GAPUSS and advocate Momiksha Aruna Ojah, said that following the court order dated March 3, 2021, the State government constituted a Fees Regulatory Board and a Fees Revision Board and the schools would have to obtain permission from these two bodies for effecting any hike in fees.

The parents and guardians will also be able to approach the two panels with their grievances regarding fee hike.

“This is a welcome step by the State government following the court’s order and we are hopeful that the two regulatory bodies will put a stop to the whimsical functioning of schools vis-à-vis fee structure,” Sarma said.

The association also urged all the parents and guardians to be vigilant against any abnormal hike in school fees and seek redressal through the newly set up official mechanism.

Nayanjyoti Sarma had in 2018 filed a PIL (No. 29/2018) before the Gauhati High Court, seeking its intervention in the whimsical raising of fees by school managements. The association felicitated advocate Ojah for her role in pleading for the association in the court.

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