Raipur: The Chhattisgarh government has issued a notice to all private schools asking them to furnish details in a week on whether or not they are running on "no profit, no loss basis". This notice was circulated a day after the Supreme Court upheld the Right to Education Act.
The April 13 circular signed by the School Education secretary K R Pisda says that if the schools do not produce the details they will be issued showcause notices and their recognition will be cancelled.
The circular also says that private institutions in the state are being run in a commercial manner and arbitrary amount is charged in the name of tuition fee, uniforms, books and other activities. Institutes are given recognition only on the condition that they will operate on the principle of no profit, no loss.
Chhattisgarh has nearly around seven lakh students in 5,500 private schools and many of them have taken the state government circular and the SC order that upheld 25 per cent seats for poor students with caution. They claim that without surplus additional students will not be accommodated and schooling will become stagnant.
The schools, the circular said, are required to submit their audited accounts, facilities offered and fee structure to district education officers. A committee comprising Collector, district education officer and SDM will be formed to verify the information on following grounds:
Whether fee hike is rational and done after obtaining consent of guardian's committee.
Are they charging additional fee in the name of books, uniform, bus, development.
Whether the fee corresponds with the facilities.
If any school is found violating any of the provisions, it will be slapped with a notice under RTE Act.
The government was receiving several complaints from parents about arbitrary fee structure. School Education Minister Brijmohan Agarwal said that it will resolve various complaints against such schools. Recognition of violator schools will be cancelled.