Bhopal: On the direct intervention of chief minister of central Indian State of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the state Government has issued directives to ensure the private schools do not charge exorbitant fees from students.
Under the latest guidelines issued by the State School Education department, the discretion will lie with the parents to purchase or not to purchase books and other study material from schools as now they would be free to purchase these from the open market.
Private schools in Madhya Pradesh now will neither be allowed to change the school uniform for at least five years and they have been asked to put all related information on notice boards or on their websites.
These guidelines will be applicable to private schools having up 12th class and are recognized to M.P. State Board of Secondary Education, Central Board of Secondary Education, ICSC Board and other Boards.
No Capitation Fee
The Guidelines also say that no money will be demanded by schools on the pretext of capitation fee, donations or gifts. It will be mandatory for the private schools to get their accounts audited every year and make them public either through their website or public notice boards.
Fee must be ascertained in such a way that the amount of annual accounts should not exceed 10 percent of the receipts in a year.
Details about school staff salaries, accounts, fee structure, payment procedures and deadlines, details of instalments, uniforms, books and educational materials, academic calendar will have to be put up on school websites. The private schools can chose NCERT, MP Textbook Corporation’s text books or those published by private publishers but will have to inform the students about this at least a month before the start of each academic year.