Private Schools To Face Legal Action For Charging Admission Fee

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Acting tough against private schools charging admission fee from parents, the Jammu and Kashmir Government today ordered that any school charging capitation fee from students would invite legal action, including 10 times fine of the admission fees charged.

The government 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 government orders followed complaints of parents that private schools had been charging admission fee despite clear directions from the School Education Department.

“Orders have been issued under Section 13 of the RTE Act, 2009,” 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 each subsequent contravention,” Samoon said. -TNS

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