The school fees regulation bill fixing fees in schools will come in effect from June 2017. But no school can hike fees till new laws are framed.
State Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasma said that if any school has charged more fees then it will have to compensate in the next academic session. For schools who have already taken fees for the first semester before the bill was passed the problem should be solved through dialogue between parents and school management, he said.
Parents who have already paid hefty sums this year can claim refunds of excess fees when the newly appointed zonal-level fee regulatory committee decides fee caps for schools — pre-primary, primary, secondary and higher secondary sections. The law states that refunds have to be given within 15 days of the committee’s decision. Schools caught charging more fees than stipulated by the fee regulatory committee will have to refund parents twice the amount of the fee.
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