The Centre’s proposal to set up educational tribunals will require some reworking. The proposed Educational Tribunal Bill is currently being examined by the states. Initial reactions from the states to the idea of an educational tribunal have been positive. There is some disagreement over the three-tier system proposed by the Centre. A final view from the states is still to emerge.
The idea of education tribunals was first suggested in the National Policy on Education 1986. The Supreme Court in the TMA Pai judgment suggested setting up of education tribunals to spare teachers the cost of litigation.
More recently, the Law Commission in its 123rd report suggested setting up of a three-tier structure to deal with all disputes in the field of education. The Educational Tribunal Bill provides for a three-tier system. It would deal with all disputes between students and institutions, teachers and institutions.
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