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Restriction on fee hike in private schools of Uttar Pradesh

Restriction on fee hike in private schools of Uttar Pradesh
Restriction on fee hike in private schools of Uttar Pradesh

LUCKNOW:  The Uttar Pradesh Government has passed a law which will restrict the fee hike in private schools of the state. Uttar Pradesh State Government has prepared this draft to put an end to the miseries of the guardian/parents who are sending their children to a private school. Almost all the guardians who are sending their wards to private schools are facing the problem of fee hike in private schools.

The law will be applicable to all private schools, including minority institutions, affiliated with ICSE, CBSE and UP Board. As per the new law, schools won't be able to charge admission fee every year. The schools are also not allowed to increase fee or change school uniform for 5 years.

As per the law, the accreditation will be canceled for any school which charges more than the regulated fee. All such schools where the annual fee is more than Rs. 20000 falls under the aegis of the 'Uttar Pradesh Self-Financed Independent School Ordinance 2018. The Ordinance is not applicable to Pre-Primary schools in the state.

As per the new law, schools won't be allowed to charge capitation fee form students. Also, schools won't be able to charge admission fee every year. School can charge a registration fee and prospectus fee only one-time during the admission. Private schools will also not be able to collect the fee on an annual basis and instead will have to collect fee either monthly, quarterly or half-yearly.

Important highlights for parents and schools

  1. This act will be applicable to all the private schools, including the minority institutions with an aim of restricting fee hike in private schools.
  2. Private schools cannot increase the school fees as per their requirement. As per the rule, they can’t hike the fees more than 7 - 8% per annual.
  3. One of the most important points is that schools must publish fees on their websites 60 days prior to a start of the session and also on the notice board of the school.
  4. Schools can only take the admission fees once and can not change the uniform for 5 years.
  5. According to the rules, the defaulters will have to pay a fine of Rs. 1 lakh and Rs. 5 lakhs for first and second violation. Subsequent violation will result in de-recognition of the school.
  6. Additionally, schools also cannot force parents or students to purchase uniforms and books from certain shops.
  7. The new rules will be applicable from the academic session 2018-19.

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