Next, a bill to rein in private schools

Kolkata
3 Mar 2017

After passing West Bengal Clinical Establishments Registration , Regulation And Transparency Bill , 2017, West Bengal government has decided to frame a policy for keeping a tab on the over increasing fees and inflated donations demanded by the private schools and colleges during admission.
A Bill on this regard will be framed and passed in the next Assembly session so that government can penalise private schools and colleges if they demand hefty fees.
In Karnataka  the court directed the government to issue notification to frame a policy for keeping a tab on over increasing fees and inflated donations demanded by the private schools and colleges. The government of New Delhi has already set up a policy to keep a tab on ever increasing fees and inflated donations demanded by private schools and colleges. The Maharashtra government is yet to introduce the policy.
It has been observed that many schools and colleges designate a shop from where parents need to buy student’s dress , shoes and other school accessories and if the new Bill comes into effect it  will look into the fact that private schools and colleges cannot designate shops for buying student’s materials.
Even it was observed that many schools keep the caution money deposited by the parents during their admission and the new Bill will have the provisions to impose penalty on such private schools and colleges which does not return the caution money afterwards.
The Bill will have provisions to take action against the errant private schools and colleges if it has been found that they increase the fees up to 20 per cent within a month.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has decided to meet with the authorities of the private schools and colleges soon  and will hear from them the reasons for increasing their donations often. (EOIC)