CCPC bans induced purchase of uniforms from schools

By Staff Reporter

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) has warned schools to desist from forcing parents and guardians to buy uniforms from schools against the provisions of the law.

In a statement, CCPC public relation officer Namukolo Kasumpa said it was sad that some schools had continued to force parents and guardians to purchase uniforms against the against the Competition and Consumer Protection Act (CCPA).

Kasumpa said forcing parents to buy informs was an unfair trading practices that exploit the consumers.

“It has also come to our attention that some schools have also continued to link school places to buying of the uniforms at the same school, a situation which is unfair and against the law as it limits consumer choices. This behaviour by schools will not be condoned and is equivalent to unfair trading practice. According to the Competition and Consumer Protection Act No. 24 of 2010, any institution or individual found guilty is liable to pay the CCPC a fine not exceeding 10 percent of that person’s or enterprise’s annual turnover,” said Kasumpa.

She said as a Commission, they would not allow the situation to continue as it is likely to cause high prices of uniforms and reduce consumer choice and quality, while on the other hand it excludes other alternative sources that provide similar products.

“The Commission is therefore calling on parents and guardians to report any school that will force or turn away pupils on account of not buying uniforms from the school. The Commission is aware that uniforms need to be of a particular standard and therefore all schools should provide a general standard of what type, shade, length and colour of uniforms that are required,” she said

Kasumpa added that Parents and guardians who purchase uniforms from other sources that produce similar uniforms at competitive prices must ensure the uniforms purchased comply to the standard of uniforms as guided by the school.