April 16, 2012 2:57:44 am
A day after the Supreme Court upheld the Right to Education Act,the Chhattisgarh government issued a notice to all private schools asking them to furnish details in a week on whether or not they are running on no profit,no loss basis.
The April 13 circular signed by School Education secretary K R Pisda says if the schools do not produce the details they will be issued showcause notices and their recognition be cancelled.
The circular says private institutions in the state are being run in a commercial manner and arbitrary amount is charged in the name of tuition fee,uniforms,books and other activities… institutes are given recognition only on the condition that they will operate on the principle of no profit,no loss.
The state has nearly around seven lakh students in 5,500 private schools. Many of them have taken the state government circular and the SC order that upheld 25 per cent seats for poor students with caution. They claim that without surplus additional students will not be accommodated and schooling will become stagnant.
No school operates for profit. Even if it seems to be earning surplus,say DPS,it ploughs it back for expansion,opening new institutes,creating infrastructure,thereby allowing education for more students. While imparting education it also has a duty to expand and bring more students, said Ashutosh Tripathi,Director of Krishna Public School,Raipur. The government must consider how 25 per cent quota for poor students will go with this talk about fee structure. Ensuring seats for these students will require more infrastructure,possible only through surplus. If the government doesnt want us to have surplus and grow,it should tell us that the country has reached a situation where schooling needs of all children have been fulfilled, he added.
Pratima Rajgaur,Principal of Gyan Ganga Academy,said: Before formulating guidelines for private schools,the government should hold a meeting all principals.
The schools,the circular said,are required to submit their audited accounts,facilities offered and fee structure to district education officers. A committee comprising Collector,district education officer and SDM will be formed to verify the information on following grounds:
* Whether the fee corresponds with the facilities.
* Whether fee hike is rational and done after obtaining consent of guardians committee.
* Are they charging additional fee in the name of books,uniform,bus,development.
If any school is found violating any of the provisions,it will be slapped with a notice under RTE Act.
Noting that the government was receiving several complaints from parents about arbitrary fee structure,School Education Minister Brijmohan Agarwal said: It will resolve various complaints against such schools. Recognition of violator schools will be cancelled.
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