Source: The Indian Express
Maharashtra School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad has declared the formation of district fee regulation committees after receiving several grievances from parents of schools hiking fees even during the pandemic and not heeding criticisms.
Taking to Twitter on Monday night, Gaikwad said, “Parents upset by unjust school fee hike, look no further. Divisional Fee Regulatory Committees (DFRCs) are active now in Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Nashik & Aurangabad. While most educational organizations have been doing a stellar job during the pandemic, we’ve still been receiving representations/complaints from parents regarding overcharging by a few.
DFRCs for the remaining divisions will soon be formed. Based on the selection panel’s recommendations, we’ve also reinforced the state level revision committee. Our policy discourages commercialization and profiteering in the education sector. Strict action will be taken against schools indulging in malpractices.”
The DFRC for Pune district has retired district judge Vivek Hood as chairperson and four members, including Gangadhar Mhamane, retired director of education; T N Supe, divisional chairman of Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education; chartered accountant Abhijeet Mahale; and regional deputy director of education, Pune.