The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission has warned all schools that have continued directing or forcing parents and guardians of pupils to purchase school items such as mattresses, uniforms and books strictly from selected suppliers or their schools that it will not hesitate to impose appropriate penalties on them.
The CCPC Public Relations Officer says this because those practicing this are violating the provisions of the Competition and Consumer Protection Act No.24 of 2010.
Namukolo Kasumpa has further pointed out that the conduct is anti-competitive as it distorts the competition landscape among the players in the provision of such items and is detrimental to consumers as it deprives them of their choices.
“It has come to the attention of the Commission that some boarding schools are directing parents and guardians to purchase mattresses for their school going children from selected mattress suppliers. In this regard, it is clear that schools engaged in this conduct are placing pressure on consumers (parents and guardians) to buy these mattresses only from the school’s preferred suppliers. What schools should only provide is a general standard of the school items required without selecting where the parents/guardians should purchase from,” She said.
She reiterates that parents and guardians should be allowed to purchase school items such as mattress, uniforms and books from any source of their preference and should not be directed or forced to purchase items from a single source.