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Gujarat: Schools to collect fees only through banks

AHMEDABAD: The new fee regulation rules that are likely to be made public by the state government early next week, may force schools to have a single bank account for fees. It will be also made mandatory for all parents to pay the fees directly in the bank accounts or by cheques.

Sources in the education department said that not only those schools that want more fees than the upper limit fixed by the government but even those charging less than upper limit will also have to give an affidavit stating the fees charged for the academic year 2017-18 and in 2016-17.

The Gujarat Self-Financed Schools (Regulation of Fees)-2017 act has fixed the upper limit for fees of primary schools at Rs 15,000; secondary schools at Rs 25,000; and higher secondary schools at Rs 27,000. This has become applicable from the academic year 2017-18.

Officials said taking an affidavit from the schools will also ensure that the schools do not take undue advantage of the upper limit and overcharge or increase the fees exorbitantly.

Gujarat education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasma said the government will announce the rules at the earliest. “Each school will have to have only one account for collecting fees,” he said.

Chudasama further said that the school managements have been asked not to enter into confrontation with parents.

“The new rules are being given final touches,” the minister said. “The government is also finalizing the members of the four fee regulation committees, one each in Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Vadodara and Surat.”
He further said the government will ask the members of the committees to work through the night for the first two months and ensure that the new fee structure for schools that charge more fees than the upper limit fixed by the new law, is ready before the beginning of the next quarter.
“The next quarter for CBSE schools begins in July,” Chudasama said. “For schools affiliated to the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (GSHSE) board, the new fee structure will be implemented as soon as their session begins in June.”

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