SRINAGAR: The government on Friday ordered that any school charging a capitation fee from students would invite legal action, including a fine amounting to 10 times of the admission fees charged.
The Administration also ordered the private schools to refund the capitation fee, if charged, to parents or guardians of students without any delay, failing which the recognition of the said school would be cancelled.
The orders followed the complaints of parents that private schools had been charging admission fees despite clear directions from the School Education Department.
“Orders have been issued under section 13 of the RTE Act, 2009 under which no private school shall charge admission/capitation fees. Violators shall invite legal action which includes a fine of 10 times of capitation/admission fees charged from parents,” said Asgar Hassan Samoon, Principal Secretary, School Education.
Samoon said no private school or person while admitting a child would collect any admission fee from any child or parents or guardians and such fee, if already collected in violation of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act from the date of its applicability on October 31, last year would be refunded with immediate effect.
“Subjecting a child to screening procedure shall be punishable with fine which may extend to Rs 25,000 for first contravention and Rs 50,000 for subsequent contraventions,” said Samoon.
Samoon had earlier referred to the letter of the Committee for Fixation of Fee Structure wherein directions were sought against private educational institutions for not charging admission fee in violation of the orders of the committee, court and government.
The committee also suggested initiating action against such private schools having already collected admission fees.
The panel revealed that it received complaints from parents alleging that private institutions had been charging huge amount of admission fees in violation of the committee’s orders.