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State keeps check on 'donations' for school admissions

The state's school education department has constituted a study group to keep a check, among other things, on the collection of capitation fee and screening of children during pre-primary admissions.

mumbai Updated: Mar 20, 2012 01:23 IST
Sayli Udas Mankikar

The state's school education department has constituted a study group to keep a check, among other things, on the collection of capitation fee and screening of children during pre-primary admissions.

"All the issues related to the fixing of fees, regulation on capitation fees, and other (related) problems will be looked at by the study group constituted for this purpose at the state level," said school education minister Rajendra Darda, in a written reply to a question raised by Sena legislator Neelam Gorhe in the legislative council during the question hour on Monday.

Gorhe had questioned Darda about money taken by schools for pre-primary admissions under the guise of cash donations and building funds, which, it is learnt, runs into thousands of rupees. "Is there anything the school education department can do to prevent this in the 2012 -13 academic year?" Gorhe asked.

The school education department, which has been sitting on this regulation, will be forced to constitute it by April 2013. This is because the Right To Education Act (RTE), which was launched on April 1, 2010 makes it mandatory for state governments to make changes in their systems and implement the pre-primary rules within three years.

Till the RTE came into place, the school education department did not have a say over the activities of pre-primary schools, as they came under the human resources ministry.

In 1996, the state government had formulated the Maharash-tra Pre-School Centres (Regu-lation of Admission) Act, 1996, which included many of these issues, but it was scrapped before being implemented due to pressure from politicians.