Coaching classes: HC wants senior official in court

Seeks to know if State will bring in law to regulate classes

The Bombay High Court recently directed the Secretary of School Education and the Sports Department to be present in court to explain if the State is interested in bring in a law to regulate the activities of coaching classes.

A Division Bench of Justices S.C. Dharmadhikari and Bharati Dangre was hearing a public interest litigation filed by the non-governmental organisation, Forum for Fairness in Education, represented by social activist Bhagvanji Raiyani. Mr. Raiyani repeatedly complained that the State government has failed to take measures to check the menace of coaching classes. Despite his filing a petition in 1999, the court said, “we find the grievance is still not redressed”.

Mr. Raiyani said, “The ever-increasing number of coaching classes in the State points to it being a business. They are conducted on a commercial basis and earn huge profits. Regular teachers employed in aided schools, government schools and colleges are giving more time and attention to students in coaching classes at the cost of their duties.”

The Maharashtra Ordinance no. XXII of 2000 was meant to regulate the conduct of coaching classes in the State, he said. The court was informed that since no law followed the ordinance, it lapsed. As per a Government Resolution dated January 4, 2017, a committee chaired by the Director of Education was appointed to bring in a law to regulate classes. The committee was to submit its report on January 4 and 18, 2017, with three extensions; the final one being October 31, 2017.

On April 6, junior officials of the Primary Education and Higher and Technical Education departments were present in court. The court directed the assistant government pleader to ensure the presence of the Secretary of the Department of School Education and Sports on August 9.

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