Much to the dismay of parents, Union HRD minister Kapil Sibal said that the fees of private schools cannot be regulated and that each school had the right to fix the salaries of its teachers. Union HRD minister Kapil Sibal’s claims contradict provisions in the Delhi School Education Act, 1973, which stipulate that remuneration of teachers in private schools cannot be less than their counterparts in government schools. The minister said this contradiction will go away once the Right to Education Act is implemented from April 1, implying that the central Act will override the state law. While all schools were not required to pay Rs 22,000, the minimum basic salary as per the Sixth Pay Commission, there should be no compromise on the qualification of teachers, he added. The CBSE has asked schools not to be strict about the time taken by Class IX students in finishing their annual examination papers and directed that they be given up to 30 extra minutes. In a recent circular to all CBSEaffiliated schools, the board instructed them to “allow students flexible timing to answer the question papers. This may vary from three to three-and-a-half hours”. The decision was taken to accommodate the difference in the pace at which students answer the questions. Both students and educationists are happy with the Sibal ministry move. Vrushali Chitre – NMTV News.