CCPC guides school authorities on purchase of requirements

By Staff Reporter

COMPETITION and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) has warned boarding schools forcing parents and guardians to buy mattresses from specified suppliers of penalties.

CCPC Public Relations Officer Namukolo Kasumpa said schools involved in the conduct are putting pressure on the guardians as they limit their choices.

Kasumpa said that the behaviour was anti-competitive as it distorts the competition landscape among the players in the industry.

She added that Schools should only provide a general standard of the school items required without selecting where the parents/guardians should purchase from.

“The Commission therefore reiterates the fact that parents and guardians should be allowed to purchase school items such as mattress, uniforms and books etc from any source of their preference and should not be directed or forced to purchase items from a single source as long as such items are fit for purpose,” she said.