SCHOOLS WILL have to prove their adherence to the Fee Regulation Act by furnishing details of the Parent-Teachers Associations (PTA) and the Executive Committee to the Education Department at the earliest.
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In a circular issued by deputy director of education B B Chavan, the education department has asked schools to submit the video recordings of all parent-teacher meetings and Executive Committee meetings.
Following complaints of fee hike by school managements, the education department in April this year made it compulsory for schools to form a PTA and an Executive Committee comprising the school principal, teachers and parents. The Fee Regulation Act said that the Committee must be presented with a fee-hike proposal at least eight months before it can be implemented. The schools were required to video record all meetings of the PTA and the Executive Committee. “As written in the Act, schools are supposed to send the details of the PTA and Executive Committee meetings and video recordings to the education department,” said B B Chavan.
However, Chavan said, many schools were yet to furnish details and hence the education department has issued a circular. The schools also have to furnish the date of formation, the list of members and the minutes of all the meetings for both PTA and Executive Committee.
Although the circular does not mention a deadline, Chavan said the schools have to submit the details at the earliest.
The move has been hailed by the parents. “This will bring about more transparency,” said Arundhati Chavan, president of the PTA. She said that sometimes schools don’t conduct PTA meetings but pass the fee hike claiming that parents voted in favour. “Sometimes parents are blackmailed into voting in favour of hikes. Proper documentation and implementation of the Act will curb such activities,” she said.