Amaravati: Government of Andhra Pradesh appointed Justice Vangala Eswaraiah, former acting Chief Justice of AP High Court as the Chairperson of the AP Higher Education Regulatory and Monitoring Commission.
A GO Rt No 144 was issued by the State Higher Education Department on Thursday to this effect, ratifying his appointment. Justice Eswaraiah was earlier the former chairperson of the National Commission for Backward Classes.
Justice R Kantha Rao, former Judge, High Court of judicature at Hyderabad
for the State of Telangana and the State of Andhra Pradesh as was appointed as the Chairperson for Andhra Pradesh School Education Regulatory and Monitoring Commission.
Andhra Pradesh Assembly passes Education Regulatory and Monitoring Commission Bill
Andhra Pradesh Assembly in July passed the Education Regulatory and Monitoring Commission Bill which intended to regulate school fees so that burden on parents will be reduced.
"This is a historic bill. The education system in the state is collapsed to such a level that private schools are collecting exorbitant fees yet nobody can question them. There was a minister in the past government who owns such a big group of educational institutes. When such a tycoon is in the ministerial position, how can one control the fees? The government schools in the states are diluted in a planned manner," Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy said.
"According to the Right to Education Act, every private school must provide 25 per cent seats at free of cost and the government should pay those fees. But the RTE Act was not executed in even one school in the past five years," he added.
While speaking on the subject, YS Jagan said that an Education Regulatory and Monitoring Commission will be constituted, supervised by a retired high court judge, to monitor the admission and teaching at any school in the state.
"Our government is going to constitute an Education Regulatory and Monitoring Commission. A retired high court judge appointed by the Chief Justice of High Court will be the chairman for this commission. There will be 11 members, who are national level prominent academicians, in the commission. They can monitor the admission and teaching at any school," he said.
"Accreditation of the schools and implementation of Right to Education Act will be in their purview. The commission will have the right to give warnings to the school managements, impose fines and even can order shut down of the schools. The commission will also monitor whether the fee structure is comfortable for the students. They will inspect the academics and infrastructure facilities also," he added. (With inputs from PTI)