The curtains, renovations and other parental contributions to school – is it legal?

The curtains, renovations and other parental contributions to school – is it legal?

If you hear in some school or kindergarten money is being collected from parents for some needs, then you will not be surprised. This has been a common thing for Ukraine. It is undoubtedly a social norm. This phenomenon is not known to anyone, and people’s opinions were divided into two groups:

✅ These are fees from parents.

✅ This is a charity for the benefit of children.

It is more interesting what the Law of Ukraine speaks of such a “tradition”.

How should parents react to “contributions” to educational institutions?

The first thing you need to know about such contributions is the material and technical support of general education and preschool educational institutions is entrusted to the founders of these institutions. But the law “On Education” states what may be among the sources of funding for educational activities. It’s a rather long list, but here’s the most important:

? The state budget

? Payment for the provision of educational services in accordance with the concluded agreements.

? Local budget

? Voluntary contributions

We are interested in the last item on this list, namely voluntary contributions. It is the category for parents of children enrolled in an educational institution. But the essence is revealed in the word “voluntary”. Because it’s one thing when parents do charity work for the school of their own free will, and another thing when they are forced to do it. So the extortion of money from parents is strictly prohibited by the legislation of Ukraine.

If parents still have a desire to voluntarily donate funds for the needs of the school, then certain rules must be followed.

? Firstly, the charter of this educational institution should provide for the possibility of receiving charitable contributions.

? Secondly, parents cannot make these contributions in cash. Charity must be in a non-cash form, and the funds must go to a special treasury account of a particular educational institution.

? Third, the transfer amount cannot be fixed. Everyone must decide for himself whether to allocate funds to an educational institution, and if so, how much.

? Fourth, the benefactor can indicate what exactly these funds should go to. For example, “Funds for the repair of a toilet in a school.” And in the event that the benefactor does not indicate the direction of expenses, then the management of the educational institution determines this independently.

If there is a receipt for depositing funds for the needs of a certain educational institution, then you have the opportunity to complain in case of misuse of the money.

Remember, charity in an educational institution does not have to be compulsory. If money is demanded from the parents, then this is illegal and entails criminal liability. In such cases, the assistance of a professional lawyer may be required. You can find the right specialist using the UniExpert application.