Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: The Director of Matriculation Schools “has issued instructions in the form of advice” to managements of matriculation schools and matriculation higher secondary schools to consider implementing the recommendations of the S.V. Chittibabu committee on fee structure.

The managements have been advised to have a re-look at the existing fee structure of the institutions keeping in view its reasonableness and affordability for parents.

This has been submitted by the Deputy Secretary, Tamil Nadu School Education Department, N.Rajendran, in his counter affidavit before the Madras High Court on a writ petition filed by R.M. Pavendhan of Kodambakkam here. He has sought a direction to the authorities to open pre-primary sections in all matriculation and CBSE schools, to furnish the annual fee structure and the details of parents whose wards were given admission in pre-primary course.

The official submitted that in July 2004 the government had ordered that as per the Supreme Court’s judgment in the TMA Pai Foundation case, the government could not prescribe the fee structure for unaided private schools. Therefore, it had directed the Director of Matriculation Schools to issue instructions in the form of advice to schools, it was submitted.

The official submitted that early childhood care and education of children below the school-going age was done by the government through ‘anganwadis.’

The existing provisions were sufficient. The government’s policy was to open a primary school where the population was 300 and the distance between two schools was 1 km. For matriculation schools, a distance of 3 km had been prescribed.

The government had constituted a committee in each district with the Chief Educational Officer as chairman and the DEO, the District Elementary Education Officer and the Inspector of Matriculation Schools as members.

It would look into complaints from the public regarding unlawful collection of tuition fees and building fund by matric, aided and government schools.

After an enquiry, if the panel concluded that there were irregularities, it would send a detailed report along with its recommendations to the authorities concerned for taking appropriate action.