The Chief Minister T of Andhra Today reviewed with the CMO officials the fees structure in Private Schools and related matters at Secretariat. Officials informed the Chief Minister that the School Education Department have issued 3 G.Os (G.O.Ms 91 dated 6-8-2009, 92 and 93 dated 17-08-2009 to regulate the fees charged by the Private Schools.
Officials informed the Chief Minister that these GOs have been issued to prevent and curb exploitation of people by the School managements without interfering into their independent functioning. In the above GOs, detailed fee structure the private schools are permitted to charge has been clearly given. Along with this, information of District Fee Regulatory Committee Constitution, its functioning and the validity of the fee structure etc have been clearly laid down.
The above 3 GOs have been struck down by the High Court of Andhra Pradesh. The State Government have filed petition before the Supreme Court and the case is pending. The Government of India have promulgated Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 which has come into effect from 1-4-2010 and the State Government issued G.O.Ms No. 42 dated 30-07-2010 in this regard. In this GO, detailed and transparent procedure to be followed by the Private Schools while admitting students has been clearly defined. While banning the capitation fee, maximum fee structure for the basic maximum school size has also been fixed and explained.
Minimum facilities to be provided by the private schools such as infrastructure, staff, teaching and learning materials, library, laboratory and play areas have been insisted. One Chaitanya Memorial Education Society, Kondapur, Hyderabad have filed writ petition and the High Court issued interim suspension orders of the operation of the above GO. Detailed instructions were issued to all the DEOs in the State to strictly implement the provisions of the RTE Act, 2009. Recently the C&D, SE, has submitted a draft proposal for enactment of the structure in private unaided schools to the Principal Secretary, School Education.
Action is being taken to expedite the disposal of the cases in various courts. Officials said that there are no specific complaints filed by any parents in the Child Right Cell. The toll free number 1800-425-3525 is maintained for this purpose in the office of the State Project Director, RVM (SSA), A.P., Hyderabad.
The Chief Minister directed the officials that if there are any complaints, DEO will be asked to take action. The Government have established Grievance Cell as per G.O.Ms No. 130 dated 9-9-2011, according to which the District Level Grievance Redressal Committee shall consist of the Zilla Parishad Chairperson as Chairman, District Collector, CEO of Zilla Parishad, Project Officer of RVM, Project Director of ICDS, Commissioner of Local Urban Body, Deputy Commissioner of Labour, Project Director, DRDA, Deputy Director of Social Welfare, District Medical and Health Officer, Deputy Director of Tribal Welfare, BC Welfare Officer as members and DEO as the member convener.
The District Level Grievance Redressal Committee shall meet whenever there is a specific complaint. They will visit the spot and enquire into the details and address the grievance. There is also a State Level Committee comprising of Principal Secretary (PE) and Principal Secretary (SE) State Project Director, Rajiv Vidya Mission (SSA) and Commissioner and Director of School Education, A.P.