PF, ESIC, Gratuity Act applies to schools also
Minimum wages will apply if schools and education institutions have been listed under the schedule in your state and the minimum wages is notified for it.
However, the courts have declared that teachers are not employees or workers as defined by the law and therefore minimum wages, gratuity, etc do not apply to them. Please see the judgement in https://indiankanoon.org/doc/1407531/
Still some questions are in mind ,if they are not eligible for min wages , then how can they get PF /Gratuity at the retirement....? All Govt employees are getting this benefit.
Those schools having grant from Govt.They are paying as per their wages defined for teachers.
What you have pointed is absolutely right. M.W. Act is applicable to non-teaching staff. In Kerala, the government is planning to implement the same for the teachers also, i.e., in the sector of unaided schools.
statutory deductions and benefits like PF/ESI/Gratuity/Professional tax its all already applicable in private schools employees.
I am planning to open a pre-school at Trivandrum, so is there any registration required for opening a preschool, whether I need to register the preschool in Shop and Establishment? or Education department? etc