Here's How Varsha Gaikwad Is Solving The Fee Dispute

A decision has been taken to form DFRCs and an appellate committee with immediate effect as per the provisions under the Maharashtra Educational Institutions (Regulation of Fee) Act of 2011.

Here's How Varsha Gaikwad Is Solving The Fee Dispute
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On Monday, February 24, State Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad gave a nod to constituting eight Divisional Fee Regulatory Committees (DFRCs) and an appellate committee to hear fee-related disputes of schools. 

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Talking about the same Varsha Gaikwad stated that there are several issues with respect to fee hikes in private schools and in many cases, parents find it difficult to get relief as there is no mechanism to hear their complaints. Hence, a decision has been taken to form DFRCs and an appellate committee with immediate effect as per the provisions under the Maharashtra Educational Institutions (Regulation of Fee) Act of 2011.

As stated in Hindustan Times, each divisional committee would be headed by a retired district judge and have the deputy director of the said division as its secretary. Similarly, an appellate committee would be formed at the state level, which would be headed by a retired high court judge with the Director of Education as its secretary. Complaints regarding fee hikes may be taken to the respective divisional committees and later be referred to the state-level appellate 
committee.

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Earlier this month, Varsha Gaikwad submitted a presentation to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Aditya Thackeray stating that the school syllabus requires a revamp as it needs to focus more on jobs, and should be a job-centric syllabus. 

An Education Department Official stated that by merely providing infrastructure, teaching-learning material, teaching and non-teaching staff is not adequate for quality education. Taking into note the changing socio-economic factors, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had insisted that there is a need for such syllabus.

The textbooks currently focus on Maratha warrior Chhatrapati Shivaji and Dr. B.R. Ambedkar. However, the new syllabus may include their policies, such as the taxation system, water conservation, afforestation and relief measures during natural calamities. This in turn would help students in understanding the practical application of whatever they study in their respective fields. 

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