Thursday, January 23, 2014

Schools found accepting donation to be fined: Directorate of Education

According to Section 13 (2) of Right to Education ACT (RTE-ACT), no school or person, while admitting a child, can collect any capitation fee.

The Directorate of Education (DoE) has issued an order, according to which a school is liable to pay a fine in case they are found accepting donation (which may extend to 10 times of the charged fee). Schools are therefore, prohibited from charging capitation fees and from screening aspirants during nursery school admissions.

All unaided private schools in the capital are provided directions to comply with the RTE-Act 2009, provisions. They have been asked not to indulge in any sort of practice of demanding and accepting donations, directly or indirectly, from the child's parents. Any school violating the provision will be punished with a fine, which can extend up to 10 times of the charged capitation fee.

A Delhi high court order is also to be noted here which says that every state has an obligation to provide free and compulsory education to children. The education institutes should keep in mind that they are not running 'shops' and also that it would deprive the students of 'equal opportunity'. Therefore, violation of the order would, in turn, lead to stern action.

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