- The total annual fee, including the admission fee, should not exceed Rs. 15,000/- for primary, Rs. 25,000/- for secondary, and Rs. 27,000/- for higher secondary schools.
- This applies to all private schools in Gujarat affiliated to Gujarat State Board, CBSE, ICSE. (It's not clear if it applies to IB. India Times says that IB schools are also included, while some other sites say that it applies only to CBSE, ICSE and State Board, and not IB.)
- Schools are to take permission from a government committee before hiking the fee.
- The committee will have powers to suomoto action against schools. It can even cancel school's recognition.
Five issues regarding fee cap
What's the point in again capping school fee when the school fee, even if it's high, is reflective of costs? Does it mean to say that government is mandating schools to be not only not-for-profit but also cheap?
If government thinks schools are fudging the accounts to mask the not-for-profit clause, wouldn't auditing them be a way out, instead of capping the fee?
“Donations are being taken beyond imagination. Schools decide which brand of shoes to buy and from which shop. The sale outlets of these brands are set up within the school compound and the parents are forced to buy uniforms, water bags, shoes, school bags, etc. This is not a good precedent.”
“A crorepati family once told me that his grandson’s school had asked him to bring Rs 25000 for a celebration of a festival. He said he can easily afford the amount. But what right does the school have to charge such an amount,” Chudasma said adding that the schools across the state have been involved in collecting fees for Holi, Uttarayan and Diwali celebrations. “This is not fees. It is extortion. This has caused personal pain to me. I cannot bear it any more and so we are bring in this legislation,” he added.If the real problem is the "unfair amount collected for additional services like uniform, books, festivals etc", it isn't clear if regulating the "usual annual tuition fee" stops the unfair practices in other aspects, unless the bill means that the cap also includes fee of the additional services (books, uniform etc).
4. It is argued that only few hundreds of schools are affected by this, that's no reason to support this. One should note that good quality education costs money, even if it is done with not-for-profit motive. It is especially true for schools in cities that have high infrastructure and human personnel costs.
Ahmedabad is home to some innovative schools, part of India's rare species. I suppose most of them will be affected by this new law and if this is implemented strictly, they will suffer.
5. Even if one puts aside all the above arguments and accept the fee cap, for the sake of argument, the stipulated cap is too low for any good school to function.
Good education costs money
We have created this mess
In the process, we have made parents devoid of good schooling in both private and public sector by strangulating private schools and not taking any significant steps to improve public education.
With the growing significance of private schools, such pressures are only meant to increase. If the past behaviour is any indication, the governments are going to yield to the pressure.
If only our public schools were better, we wouldn't have gotten into this complex mess.