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CABE to take up Bill to end unfair practices in schools

CABE to take up Bill to end unfair practices in schools

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Express news service : New Delhi, Mon Oct 29 2012, 11:09 hrs

Corporal punishment in class or forcing students to purchase books, uniforms, and other stationery items from a particular shop could entail a jail term up to three years according to the draft Prohibition of Unfair Practices in Schools Bill meant to curb unfair practices in schools. The proposed legislation would be presented before the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) meeting here on November 1.
The draft Bill makes it clear that no school shall demand or accept capitation fee or any other donation for admission to any class. It stipulates that schools cannot expel students for poor academic performance or detain them arbitrarily. It says that a school shall not charge any fee for information brochure, prospectus, admission form or test and provide all such information on its website or notice board. The draft Bill says no school shall insist for private coaching in the school or outside after the school hours. It also recommends admission to VI, IX and XI standards through tests.
The meeting will also try to find ways to extend the ambit of Right To Education Act to pre-primary and secondary schools and devise a National Higher Education Qualification framework to usher in national and global compatibility of the qualification system.
However, CABE sub-committees on scaling up the RTE coverage to pre-primary and secondary level have said more consultations are required before any major expansion of the programme.
The meeting will also mull over the Justice Verma Committee recommendations on teacher education. Submitted to the Supreme Court recently, the report had called for restructuring and strengthening of the National Council of Teacher Education, setting up of an expert group to develop a comprehensive policy on in service teacher education, greater investments by universities on teacher education and mainstreaming it with higher education. Besides, this committee has called for pre-entry testing of candidates for admission to teacher education programmes, a framework on school audit and teacher performance and increased investment in setting up teacher education institutes.
The meet will also deliberate on the need for reforms in the polytechnic sector and conduct a review of the implementation of the Right to Education Act. With PTI inputs

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