New Delhi, April, 4: Providing a major relief to parents, the Uttar Pradesh (UP) cabinet, headed by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, approved an ordinance on Tuesday to curb and regulate the arbitrary fees charged by the private schools affiliated to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) and UP Board of Secondary Education.

After getting a nod from Governor Ram Naik, the ordinance will be passed and would be effective from the upcoming academic session 2018-19. The new plan of UP Swa Vitt Poshit Swatantra Vidyalaya (Regulation of fee) would be implemented in all the private schools including the minority and aided institution that takes more than Rs. 20,000 per annum up to class 12. Pre-schools have been exempted in the ordinance.

“There were lots of complaints about the unnecessary fee charged by these private schools in the name of hostel, bus, and mess fee and so on. So, as a revolutionary step, we have decided to regulate the fee structure to provide transparency in the education system as well as to provide relief to the parents and students,”  Deputy CM Dinesh Sharma was quoted as saying.

Under the new proposed law, the schools should not charge fees at one go, should not change uniform for five years and there will be no hike more than 7-8 per cent for its staff members’ salary. The fees would be charged only once at the time of admission and the second time after the student finishes class 10.

The Cabinet will form a fee regulation committee at commissioner level in all zones and districts. The committee will also have parents and members of school management committee as representatives.

All the schools have to update the details of fees charged by them annually on their website by December 31 every year. The school management also has to submit their balance sheet online. If any of the schools will violate the norms of fee regulations, it will be fined Rs 1 lakh for the first time and Rs 5 lakh for the second violation. If a school continues to violate the rules, the government will de-recognise it.