The Rajasthan Assembly on Tuesday passed the Rajasthan Schools (Regulation of Fee) Bill, 2016, enabling a joint committee between school administration and parents to decide school fees.
Under the Bill, once enacted, every private school in the state will have to constitute a Parent-Teachers Association (PTA). Through lottery, willing parents will then be chosen for a School Level Fee Committee (SLFC). The committee will constitute a chairperson, representative of the management, school principal as secretary, three member teachers nominated by the school and five parents from the PTA. While the school management may propose the fee, it will have to present it before the SLFC at least six months before the next academic year.
If the fee committee fails to decide the fee, the management will refer it to Divisional Fee Regulatory Committee (DFRC), to be constituted under a Divisional Commissioner, among other officials. Primarily, the DFRC will have to “adjudicate the dispute between the management and the Parent-Teachers Association” with regards to deciding the school fee. Above the DFRC, there will be a Revision Committee with the secretary of the elementary education department as chairperson.
The Bill was introduced and passed as it was found that under Rajasthan Schools (Regulation of Collection of Fee) Act, 2013, which had a provision for a single, state-level fee determination committee, a single state committee “cannot determine the fee of all such schools in a proper manner in time.” Hence, the new Bill devolves the authority to a school level committee.
If convicted of violation of the Act, one can be punished with a fine between Rs 50,000 and Rs 2.5 lakh or twice the amount taken in excess of fee, whichever is higher.