State government makes amend for coaching class fees fix up plan

The revised draft of the proposed bill states that the fees needs to be reasonable and should not be exploitative to students and parents

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The Maharashtra Government has proposed a revised plan to allow coaching classes owners to decide the fees, including a few conditions. The revised draft of the proposed bill states that the fees need to be reasonable and should not be exploitative to students and parents. Maharashtra Private Tuition (Regulation) Act, 2018 aims to regulate tuition classes in the state.


About the draft

The draft says that the fee structure should be decided on the basis of the income and expenditure the owner incurs. It also says that the classes will now have to give only 1 per cent of its profit to the state, instead of 5 per cent required to be paid by them earlier. The revised draft strictly restricts all forms of integrated coaching - an attendance system that had recently got popular among coaching classes allowing students to skip college and only attend the coaching class. It has also relaxed the penalty for violation of any provision of the act. Instead of a jail time of two years, violators will be fined or their licences will be cancelled.


The earlier draft

The draft proposed earlier in December provided for the government to appoint a committee to set fees for various subjects taught in these classes, and for different parts of the state. If a coaching class wanted to charge more than the fee the state had set, in order to provide extra amenities, it would have needed approvals from the government.

While some owners of coaching classes in the state have welcomed the move, others have pointed out loopholes in the original plan that can be exploitative. 

The Maharashtra Private Tuition (Regulation) Act, 2018 aims to regulate tuition classes in the state.

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