In order to over come this malpractice, a new Bill has been passed which proposes penalties ranging between Rs.1-10 lakh and more for offenses like seeking capitation fee, misleading advertisements and incorrect information. It also suggests, stiff disclosure norms for schools demanding that they put out in the public domain details of available seats per class, complete details of fee and educational qualification of its teachers and more.
The bills further says, the schools need to put a public information notices at least 60 days before admissions begins. This notice must include the details such as fee structure (explained in detail) which includes tuition fee component, refundable amount deposits. Number of seats in each class, minimum qualifications for admission, screening and selection process, teacher specific details - educational qualifications, work experience, whether they are on contract or regular basis; infrastructure like laboratories, playgrounds, hostels, libraries; broad outlines of curriculum, textbooks used should also be explained in detail.
It ensures that a school cannot deny admissions to those students who belong to poor background, poor academic performance, or suffering from HIV or any other serious ailment or disability. Moreover, for Class 11 and 12 the draft legislation states that admissions must be completely based on Merits scored by students.
- In case, any school is neglecting this rule and is still following malfunctions will be forced to pay penalty of Rs.10 lakhs or more.
- Accepting caption/donation could mean a penalty up to 10 times the same amount of capitation fee.
- A school that refuses to return the certificates or other documents related to a student on grounds like non-payment of fee must pay penalty of Rs. 1 Lakh.
- In case of false or misleading advertisements by any school shall pay penalty of Rs. 10 Lakh.
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