May 28, 2011

Centre plans ban on capitation fee

BANGALORE: The Centre has announced bringing in a comprehensive legislation banning schools and intermediate colleges from collecting capitation fee, publishing false or misleading advertisements and accepting admission fee without receipt.

The proposed legislation — The Prohibition of Unfair Practices in Schools and Intermediate Colleges Bill, 2011 — will be first discussed during the Central Advisory Board of Education meeting on June 7 in New Delhi. Designed on the lines of a similar legislation that bans unfair practices among technical and medical institutions, the HRD ministry has decided to extend it to from primary up to senior secondary level.

The legislation aims at promoting transparency through mandatory self-disclosure in the prospectus and school websites. Information regarding physical, academic and facilities relating to quality of education should be mandatorily published by schools and adhered to. Schools will be liable to refund fee deposited by a student if the admission is withdrawn by a student.