Assam education department fixes fee structure of private schools
The Assam education department has fixed the fee structure of non-government (private) educational institutes in the state for the academic year 2021-22.
A notification issued by the principal secretary of elementary and secondary education, B Kalyan Chakravarthy stated that from the academic year 2021-22, guardians of students in the pre-primary stage up to class 5 would have to pay Rs 27,000 annually, and Rs 32,000 for those studying in classes 6 to 10.
In the technical streams, the annual fees for students studying in classes XI and XII will be Rs 37,000 for Science, Rs 32,000 for Arts, Rs 33,000 for Commerce and Rs 35,000 for other streams.
The total fee includes admission fee, tuition fee, building or infrastructure development fees, sports and cultural fees excluding transportation fee.
Under the provisions of the Assam Non-Government Educational Institutions (Regulation of Fees) Act, 2018, the state education department is empowered to levy fines and initiate various punitive measures, including withdrawal of registration, and also affiliation, in the event of a contravention of the rates specified by the department.
The notification further states that if any non-government (private) school charges less than the amount fixed by the department, it would exempt them from the determination of the fee, but, they will have to get the exemption certificate from the Fee Regulatory Committee.
However, if any school charges more than the amount fixed, they would be required to submit proposals for approval and fixation of fees following the provisions of the Assam Non-Government Educational Institutions (Regulation of Fees) Act, 2018.
The Act (Section 15) states that in the event of a contravention of the rates fixed by the department, the schools concerned will have to pay fines up to Rs 5 lakh for the first contravention, Rs 10 lakh for the second contravention and the cancellation or withdrawal of registration/affiliation/NOC (no-objection certificates) of the schools in case of the third contravention.