Mumbai, Apr 1 : Maharashtra government will set up a committee comprising education experts and legislators to suggest measures to curb malpractices in private coaching classes, the state Assembly was informed today. Replying to a calling attention notice, Education Minister Vinod Tawde said there’s no law in existence today to curb malpractices in these classes, like harassment of students by teachers, and the government is mulling a code of conduct to curb such incidents. (Read: Maharashtra Sadan scam: ED files chargesheet against Chhagan Bhujbal and 54 others)

A committee of education experts and legislators will be set up and will submit its report to the government by the monsoon session of Legislature, he said. Amit Satam (BJP) and others raised the issue of sexual harassment of students by teachers in private coaching classes in Sion and Dadar and by a vehicle driver in Andheri. There’s no government control over the fee charged by these classes, the minister said, adding that legislators should think of taking a policy decision on the issue.

Schools have been directed to install CCTVs for security of students, Tawde said. There is a need for gender sensitisation in private classes, he said adding that parent-teachers organisations will be roped-in for the purpose.