Saturday, May 18, 2013

Did MGD school management charge capitation fees?

DNA | Apr 06, 2013, 06:06AM IST
 
 
Jaipur: The state government’s education department on Friday constituted a committee to look into discrepancies, if any, in the admission process of the city’s prominent Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls (MGD) School. 
 
It was alleged that the school charged additional tuition fee to recover the loss incurred due to admitting 25% children for free under the Right of Education (RTE) Act.
 
According to the officials of elementary education department, a three-member committee has been formed. It will submit a report in five days. If the school authorities found guilty, a penalty, which may be ten times of the capitation fee, will be imposed.
 
“Despite giving a show-cause notice to officials of the MGD School, they did not give a reply. We have constituted a three-member committee to check the admission process. In case the school management charged any capitation fee from the parents, heavy penalty will be imposed,” said Radhey Mohan Gupta, DEO, elementary.
 
Notably, in the admission notification of class I for the session 2013-14 dated 01.11.2012, it was stated that a total of 144 seats are available for class I. Of these, 25% (36 seats) was reserved for children under the RTE Act. The 36 seats were kept under the category of “those willing to pay additional tuition fees for another child for a year”. Here, charging additional tuition fee for that very 36 seats will be treated as “capitation fee”, as per the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009.
 
MGD principal Suniti Sharma said, “We never receive any show-cause notice from the education department. However, today (Friday) I came to know that a committee will probe our admission. Everything is transparent. They can check whatever they want to.”

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