AP Assembly House passes law to regulate schools

Vastavam web: AP Assembly passed The School Education Regulatory and Monitoring Commission Bill, 2019 on Monday. According to the government, the bill provides for setting up of a commission that will “maintain standards of school education, regulation of fee, competences of teachers, information disclosure, effective inspection, monitoring of schools, implementation of the provisions of RTE Act, 2009, punitive measures on defaulting schools and to regulate all the matters pertaining to school education”.

Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, during discussion on the bill in Assembly, termed it as “historic and revolutionary” bill. He expressed regret over the inefficiency of the previous government in controlling the fee and failure in regulating and managing the corporate schools, which have been looting parents.

The corporate educational institutions in the state have been collecting fees from Rs 63,000 to Rs 1 lakh for even the LKG, UKG, First and Second classes. If this fee structure continues , we may not even imagine about the education in our state in the near future, Jagan observed.

He stated that the political leaders and corporate institutions have destroyed the government schools in a planned manner, for the benefit of the private schools. All the private schools must provide 25 per cent of seats at free of cost for the poor students, according to the Right to Education Act. They must maintain normal fee. But, for the last five years, not even a single private school implemented the RTE Act. This paved the way for private school managements to increase the fee as per their wish and will, the Chief Minister said.

He said that the government will appoint a retired High Court judge as chairman of this commission, as suggested by the AP HC Chief Justice. In addition, 11 experts will be appointed as members in the commission. Besides giving warning to the school managements, the commission can close the schools, if they do not comply with the rules, regulations and Acts related to the education system in the state, Chief Minister said.