November 16, 2021

Original title: New regulation on off-campus training fees in Beijing

How to regulate further the costs of training off campus after the “double reduction”? On November 16, according to the Capital Window website, the Beijing Municipal Development and Reform Commission and relevant departments drafted the “Extracurricular Training Fee Management Measures of Compulsory Education Discipline of Beijing (essay) ”(draft comment solicitation) (hereinafter referred to as“ administrative action ”). The “administrative measures” establish regulations on the pricing standards for off-campus training courses in disciplines, institutional staff salary levels and other aspects, and require the strengthening of supervision of the billing behavior of institutions.

  The price increase does not exceed 10%

Solving the problem of fees charged by off-campus training institutions requires effort on the part of many places and parties. In order to further clarify the relevant fees for the supervision of discipline-related off-campus training institutions (hereinafter referred to as “training institutions”), from November 16, Beijing sought public opinion on the news ” management measures ”. The document also clarified once again that off-campus training fees for subjects in the compulsory education phase will be subject to government-guided price management.

According to the requirements of the “administrative measures”, there will be three main types of subject-based off-campus training courses, which are 10 or fewer students, 10-35 students and 35 or more students. At the same time, the standard course duration for online training is 30 minutes, and offline training is 45 minutes. If the actual duration is different, the training institution will prorate it.

Specifically, Beijing will use the training fee standard for the standard course length of 10-35 offline students as the benchmark fee standard for off-campus training for the disciplines. Pricing standards for off-campus training for other classes and disciplines are calculated and determined by the training institution in accordance with prescribed price ratio coefficients for classes of 10 to 35 students. The online billing standard is calculated and determined by the training organization in accordance with the prescribed price ratio coefficient against offline billing.

In the actual pricing, the benchmark fee will also be set by the Beijing Municipal Development and Reform Department in collaboration with the Municipal Education Administration Department, based on the average training cost of training institutions, taking into account Beijing’s level of economic development, the affordability of student families and other factors and the reasonable formulation of standard courses. The benchmark fee standard and floating range for long-term subject-based off-campus training. According to the requirements, the floating range should not exceed 10%, and the floating range is unlimited.

 Staff salary levels must be reasonable

As an important benchmark for pricing, how do you determine the cost of training a training institution? In this regard, the “administrative measures” made it clear that the cost of off-campus training for the disciplines includes the salaries of the staff of training institutions, the rental of training places, advertising expenses, research expenses and development, depreciation of fixed assets and other expenses.

Among them, the average salary level of personnel of training institutions should be normal and reasonable, and should not be significantly higher than the average salary of employees of non-private urban units in the education sector in Beijing announced by the Department of Education. statistics. Rent for training venues and capital depreciation expenses should be calculated using reasonable methods and fair levels based on factors such as the actual uptime of off-campus training for the disciplines.

In addition, the “Administrative measures” also propose that the agency’s advertising costs should not exceed 3% of the turnover of off-campus training courses related to the discipline on the basis of actual accounting. All relevant departments should strengthen the review of connected transactions and may conduct in-depth investigations into connected transactions that are clearly not in line with the fairness level. The other related costs are also expected to reach the equitable level. Institutional donation expenses, sponsorships, fines, disaster losses, accidents and other abnormal expenses, and unreasonable expenses that are not related to training services will not be included in the pricing cost.

 No additional costs

It should be mentioned that in order to ensure the openness and transparency of institutional fees, the “administrative measures” clearly state that training institutions must strictly apply the relevant regulations on the disclosure of information on fees, through websites. Web, fee sites, online applications, media, admission guidelines, etc. Means, content of off-campus training, duration of training, fee standards, fee and reimbursement methods, teacher qualifications and other information are disclosed to the public in advance.

At the same time, the “administrative measures” also emphasized that training institutions should reasonably determine the pricing standards within the framework of the government guide price standards and maintain the basic stability of the pricing level within a certain time lapse. The price standards set by the government for off-campus training in the disciplines will also be dynamically adjusted. The municipal development and reform department will work with the municipal administrative department of education to adjust and improve the pricing standards in a timely manner in accordance with the assessment of the pricing policy and the situation of the off-campus training market. based on the material.

At this point, the training institution should submit registration guidelines, pricing standards, teacher qualifications and other documents, as well as income, costs, profits, related transactions, implementation policy implementation, etc., before the end of June each year. , and submit them to education in accordance with the approval authority. , Development and Reform and Market Supervision Departments. And the annual cost and other information will be published on the official website and in important places of the school.

“The training fee standards set by the government should not be increased or in a disguised form for any reason, in any way, and no other fee will be charged in addition to the training fee. “Management measures” were further emphasized. Training institutions should strictly adhere to relevant national and Beijing regulations on preloading.

“In fact, the documents released by Beijing this time mainly supervise and regulate the fees of off-campus training institutions, especially those that have been converted from commercial to non-commercial institutions, and also constitute the specific implementation of prices government guidance. ” Education Science Research in China In an interview, Academy researcher Chu Zhaohui said, “In the process of calculating pricing standards, the relevant departments should carry out more detailed and scientific calculations of costs and proportional coefficients of off-campus training. establishments. “

Beijing Commercial Daily reporter Cheng Mingjie Zhao Boyu (Beijing Commercial Daily)

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