The Gujarat School Fees Cap: Paving the way to more capacity shortages

posted Apr 3, 2017, 1:19 AM by Prashant Bhattacharji   [ updated Apr 3, 2017, 1:21 AM ]

"The “Gujarat Self-Financed Schools (Regulation of Fees) Bill, 2017,” provides for fixing of tuition fee for primary schools at Rs 15,000 per annum, for secondary at Rs 25,000 and for higher secondary at .Rs 27,000 annually."

This is atrocious and will decimate quality private schools in Gujarat. Not sure if minority schools can bypass this regulation as well but something on those lines has indeed happened in Delhi where even minority schools on subsidized land have claimed full admission autonomy.
From movie tickets to school fees everything needs to be "fixed" in India but at least fix the numbers properly else you will create a shortage like the school crunch in Delhi where barely 1 or 2 new good schools have opened up in the last 20 years. The primary school cap actually looks sort of okay though you can't provide much fancy sports infra etc in that much if you have good teachers.
The secondary schools and higher secondary! Hardly any decent ISC/CBSE schools charge less than 50k and its generally around 75k, sometimes even 1 lakh. these are schools which not just perform well in exams but also have lots of extra stuff, sports and extra-curricular infra - and often outsource some teaching of advanced classes for AP, SAT, JEE, NEET to coaching chains who send excellent teachers.
These are schools which bulk dispatch dozens of students to top US universities, AIIMS, IITs, DU etc. Per child gov school expenditure in a state like UP is 30000 per annum in higher classes (can only imagine where it goes).
I guess everybody can be a beneficiary of uniform mediocrity in India. For a lot people I know their school + coaching fee was probably more than this in early 2000s.