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Karnataka regulates private schools’ fees

It has fixed a 30 per cent profit margin for private schools on tuition fees and no charges except it upto class V

Bangalore: As school admission fees are becoming a burden on the parents, the Karnataka government has fixed a 30 per cent profit margin for private schools.

Ashok Kumar Adiga President of the Parents' Association last year decided to fight against the abnormal fee structures of the private schools.

Kumar's efforts led to the circular from the Karnataka Education Department and the circular says tuition fees should not exceed a profit of 30 per cent and schools cannot charge any non-tuition fees up to class five. Schools are upset with the diktat.

Karnataka Unaided School' Association President GS Sharma said, “Education means not mere reading and writing, you have to provide libraries, AV, sports, laboratory and other facilities, innumerable requirements.”

But the government is firm and says that it is high time schools are brought in line.

This government order was actually issued after parents gave a representation that they're being forced to buy books and uniforms at huge rates from schools - some schools charged as much as Rs 3,500 for one set of uniform - higher than what you'd pay perhaps for branded shirts.

But with schools set to move court next week, the issue is headed for a tough legal battle.

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