UP Government’s draft bill to regulate fee in state’s private schools

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Uttar Pradesh Government has unveiled a draft of “Self-financed Independent Schools (Regulation of fees) Bill-2017”, with an objective to regulate private schools’ annual fee.

The bill will make it mandatory for all the private schools to submit their fee statement online by December 31 every year. The government will also track the fee structure and provide relief to students.

“The draft bill proposes Rs 1 lakh penalty on schools flouting provisions for the first time, Rs 5 lakh for the second and de-recognition in case they do the same for the third time”, said Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma.

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“The aim is that there should not be any capitation fee and that the admission fee is not charged every year, and is charged only in class VI, class IX and class XI,” Sharma said.

“For the last six months, we have been studying the fee determination proposals and objections raised in states such as Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab, Delhi and Tamil Nadu. We have consulted parents’ associations, roped in experts from the Union HRD Ministry and also studied Supreme Court guidelines before coming out with this draft bill,” he added.

The government will be open to suggestions regarding the bill till December 22, following which it will be sent to the Assembly. The Act will include all the schools of Uttar Pradesh Secondary Education Board, CBSE, ICSE and minority schools up to Class XII.

The bill may be implemented in the next academic session which depends on the suggestions and objections raised on the state government portal.

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