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Kerala Govt to set up a three-tier system to regulate fees in unaided schools

April 19, 2023

The government of Kerala has announced plans to establish a three-tier system aimed at regulating the fees charged by unaided schools in the state. This decision comes in response to growing concerns from parents and education activists over the exorbitant fees being levied by some schools.

Under the proposed system, the government will set up committees at the district, state, and zonal levels to regulate the fees charged by unaided schools. These committees will have the power to fix the fees charged by schools based on various factors, such as the facilities provided by the school and the socio-economic background of the students.

The government has also announced that it will set up a helpline for parents to register complaints about schools that charge excessive fees. The complaints will be examined by the respective committees, and action will be taken against schools found to be violating the fee regulations.

The move has been welcomed by many education activists who have been advocating for such a system for a long time. They argue that the high fees charged by some schools have made education inaccessible to a large section of society, especially those from economically weaker sections.

However, some private school associations have raised objections to the proposed system, arguing that it infringes on their autonomy and could lead to a decline in the quality of education provided by unaided schools.

Overall, the government’s decision to establish a three-tier system to regulate fees in unaided schools in Kerala is a significant step towards making education more affordable and accessible to all sections of society.

Also Read: Karnataka: Private schools associations condemn unreasonable school fee hikes

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