‘No capitation fee’ rule for CBSE schools too

New by-laws pave way for school fee regulation by State government in CBSE-affiliated schools

By Author  |  Published: 20th Oct 2018  10:58 pm

Hyderabad: Acts and regulations enacted by the State government on regulation of fee will be applicable to schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) as well.

The Board, which has revamped affiliation by-laws has made it clear that acts and regulations of the central and State/UT governments enacted/framed in connection with fee regulation in the State will be applicable to CBSE-affiliated schools.

So far, CBSE-affiliated schools had contended that the State government had no role over regulation of fee. Now, these new by-laws have paved a way for full-fledged school fee regulation by the government in CBSE-affiliated schools.

This apart, schools can revise the fee subject to the laws, regulations and directions of the government. The Board has made mandatory that fee should not be revised without approval of the School Management Committee or should follow the process prescribed by the government.

According to the revamped by-laws of the Board, no society/trust/company/school can charge capitation fee or accept donation for the purpose of admission, and the fee should be charged as per regulations of the Department of Education of the State/UTs.

For students who wish to discontinue or migrate to some other school, fee due would be collected up to the month of discontinuance or migration but not up to the month in which the transfer certificate is applied for.

The Board will now be imposing a fine up to Rs 5 lakh besides downgrading the school from senior secondary level to secondary level if any school violates its regulations. Further, violation of the by-laws would attract suspension of affiliation and even withdrawal while erring schools would also be debarred from sponsoring students in the Board’s exams up to a period of two years.

The Hyderabad Schools Parents Association (HSPA), which welcomed the move by the CBSE, said the new by-laws show that the Board was well aware of the problems faced by various stakeholders like schools, students and parents. However, there is ample score for improvement in especially in terms of plugging the loopholes to prevent profiteering by schools, it said.

The HSPA would write to the Board for action against the schools that were violating various by-laws, it added.