Schools in Maharashtra denying admissions to children in primary education for any reason would have to pay fine under the Right to Education Act, the State Government has said.
A decision taken recently by the School Education Department made it compulsory for all the private and Government aided schools to admit all students.
"Schools cannot conduct scrutiny for admission process. It has to be transparent and by a lottery system, else Rs 25,000 would be fined for first violation and Rs 50,000 for each subsequent violations," an official release said.
The schools would be charged 10 times the amount of donation taken for admission by the school authorities, the release said, adding, admission forms should be given to all the people in the nearby area on their demand.
"The State Government is very serious about the implementation of the Right to Education Act and the schools cannot ignore such an important decision, which we are posting on the Government website," an official from Education Department said.
The period for the school admissions has been extended up to September 30 and students would be entitled to get entry in the schools after that also, a Government order said.