The state high court will on Wednesday deliver its judgment on the Gujarat Self-Financed Schools (Regulation of Fees) Act-2017, which has been challenged by self -financed schools affiliated with the state as well as the central education board.Following protests by parents’ associations, the state government had come out with the Act to cap fees levied by self-financed schools in April, which was soon challenged by the affected schools. More than 2,000 self-financed schools either individually or in groups and association had challenged the act. The CBSE-affiliated schools argued that since they submit accounts to the central board, the state can’t interfere in their administrative matters.At the same time, schools affiliated to the state board opposed the move saying that that the government had no say in their fee structure since they were non-grant-in-aid schools. Schools also argued that the charges included extra-curricular activities and only those who could afford the fees enrolled their children, so there was no question of exorbitant fees.Some self-financed schools run by minority trusts argued that their special minority status exempted them from state interference in setting fees. A PIL asked that school’s representatives be included in fees regulation committees. HC had granted relief to schools from filing their fee revision applications to the regulation committees till the matter was decided. On August 31, a first division bench of Chief Justice R Subhash Reddy and Justice Vipul Pancholi had reserved its order.POINTS OF VIEWThe CBSE-affiliated schools argued that since they submit accounts to central board, the state can’t interfere in their administrative matters. The schools affiliated to the state board opposed the move saying that that the government had no say in their fee structure since they were non-grant-in-aid schools.

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Schools await Gujarat HC order on govt fees stricture