The Rosary School Parents’ Association has decided to move the Supreme Court against the Bombay High Court ruling on school fee hike. Association office-bearers said the petition was likely to filed on November 20.
The High Court had,in September,ruled that private unaided schools could hike their fees on their own with no interference from the government as long as there was no profiteering.
Advocate Ramakant Shankar Saamant,who will be representing the parents’ association,said,The association has been fighting against the fee hike for months and nothing substantial has come out of it. The high court decision is in no way justified. The school has raised its fees by about 355 per cent over the past five years,which is in no way justified… We will also seek action against a few officials like the director of education and the deputy director of education as they could have done something on the issue.
Association president Ajay Sathe said,We have been protesting against the unfair treatment. Schools across the state have joined us in our fight. Even educationists and student welfare groups have come out in our support. We are hoping to file the petition by November 20. We hope something positive will come out of it.
Advocate Sagar Suryavanshi,legal advisor of the school,said,The school has got it explicitly clear by the high court bench that the fee to be charged by unaided schools cannot be regulated. It has been left to the unaided schools to fix their fees. The parents have to follow this and they are bound by the high court order. The order is in keeping with various Supreme Court judgments and any violation of it could amount to contempt of court. The parents have to pay the fees fixed by the school.