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Kochi: Kerala government to establish a three-tier regulatory committee system to control fees in unaided schools in the state. The government will form committees at the school, district, and state levels to monitor fees charged by unaided schools operating in the state, CBSE and ICSE syllabuses. The fees will be fixed based on the facilities provided by each school.
The decision was taken in response to a petition filed by the manager of St. Mary's Residential Central School, Thiruvananthapuram, requesting the formation of a legal forum to determine school fees. The government informed the court that the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) will be established within 30 days of the commencement of the academic year. School level fee regulatory committee would be formed within 45 days of forming the PTA. The committee will include PTA representatives and will fix the fees based on factors such as employee salaries, administrative expenses, water, electricity, internet, lab, library, and hostel expenses.
Schools will not be permitted to charge more than the fees approved by the committee and will be required to provide detailed receipts for any fees collected. Additionally, schools will not be allowed to charge any capitation or re-admission fees.
The district-level committee, which should be constituted before 31st December every year, will have seven members, including the Deputy Director of Education and the Labor Officer. If the school level committee is unable to fix the fee on time, the district level committee can determine the fees.
An eight-member state-level committee chaired by the Director-General of Education will oversee the orders of the district-level committees. The state-level committee will issue necessary instructions if schools do not comply with the orders of the district level committees. Any failure on the part of the schools will be brought to the attention of the state government with necessary recommendations.