Varsha Gaikwad, Maharashtra School Education Minister, has proposed the formation of district fee regulation committees in response to numerous complaints from parents over schools raising rates even during the pandemic and failing to listen to objections.
“Parents unhappy by arbitrary school fee increases, look no further,” Gaikwad remarked on Twitter on Monday night. In Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Nashik, and Aurangabad, Divisional Fee Regulatory Committees (DFRCs) are now in operation. While most educational institutions performed admirably during the pandemic, we continue to receive complaints from parents about overcharging by a certain school.
The DFRC for the Pune district includes four members: 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. The Maharashtra Fee Regulation Act 2011 establishes a divisional fee regulation body to handle fee-related disputes between school administration and parent-teacher associations. According to the Act, schools can only increase their annual fees by 15% every two years. The Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) must endorse the decision to raise fees.