The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) says it is concerned with the growing tendency by Schools to tie school fees for tuition to other activities that have no direct link to education.
CCPC Public Relations Officer Namukolo Kasumpa says the Commission is aware that some schools have been forcing pupils to purchase school uniforms, exercise books and other school items from the schools or PTAs shops, failure to which pupils are removed from class.
Ms Kasumpa says the Commission is concerned that pupils are not being allowed in class if they purchase items such as school uniforms and exercise books from other sources even when these items are in conformity with the school’s requirements.
Ms Kasumpa says this conduct disadvantages the general public and constitutes unfair contract terms.
She states that the conduct also distorts the competition landscape among the players in the provision of school requirements.
Ms Kasumpa has since warned that schools that are involved in this practice that the Commission will not hesitate to impose appropriate penalties on any person who violates the Competition and Consumer Protection Act No.24 of 2010.