HYDERABAD: AS anticipated, the Prof Tirupati Rao Committee did not submit its report despite assurances from the Education department and the Education Minister in the recently-concluded Assembly session, on Thursday— its designated deadline. It has drawn the ire of parents association which have called the entire process of setting up of the District Fee Regulatory Committee (DFRC) based on the recommendations of the committee report ‘an eyewash’ and ‘drama’.
The pending report and Prof Rao’s successive request for extension is being seen as the government’s failure and apathy to arrest the fee hike issue. After November 15, this is the second deadline this month that Prof Rao has missed —reason continues to be the same —assessment process by the Centre for Good Governance (CGG) on the data submitted by 4500 Schools is not completed.
“He assured me the report will be submitted in third week of December,” said N Narayana, state president, Telangana Parents Association. Meanwhile, Hyderabad Schools Parents Association, which had earlier stated that it will exit the committee if the submission is deferred, will issue an open letter expression its angst and departure from the committee.
“We were assured in the last meeting that the report would be submitted irrespective of the number of schools submitting data. Why can’t you use the data that you already have? And what is the need to visit schools now? Why were 250 days not enough to make visits? All these are nothing but excuses to delay report. Hence we refuse to be a part of this farce. We shall release an open letter addressed to the chief minster tomorrow, informing about our resignation,” said Ashish Naredi, member of HSPA.