Christian schools fight Rajasthan’s fee regulation law

October 10, 2013 by  
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RajasthanRajasthan, October 08, 2013:  They claim that the Constitution guarantees them complete freedom from government “interference.”

Christian missionary schools in Rajasthan have opposed the state’s law for fee regulation, calling it a violation of constitutional provisions that safeguard minority institutes.

They claimed that the Constitution guarantees them complete freedom from government “interference”.

The Rajasthan School Act 2013 (fees regulation) says that a fee committee headed by retired high court judge will decide the fees of each school on the basis of facilities and quality of education they are offering.

It further makes it mandatory for schools to publish the details of the fee structure with a full breakup including tuition fees.

The Roman Catholic Diocesan Education Society, a body of Catholic schools, held a meeting on Saturday to chalk out the strategy to fight against the move.

The body decided to give a representation to the education department urging them to keep them out of the ambit of the Act.

C K Punnoose, vice-principal of St. Xavier’s School quoted article 31 (1) of the Indian Constitution which says that all minorities based on religion and language shall have the right to establish and administer educational institutions of their choice.

“The fee structure of missionary schools is already minimal and going below the existing fee structure would affect the quality of education,” argued Punnoose.

The bill in particular says that a fee committee headed by retired high court judge will decide the fees of each school on the basis of facilities and quality of education they are offering.

There are around 150 such schools in the state. Missionaries have stated that if government continues to pressurize them, they would not hesitate to challenge it in court.

President of society for private unaided schools in Rajasthan, Damodar Goyal said, “the society will take up the issue at a higher level to protect the rights of minority institutes in the state.”

– times of india

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