Government Senior Secondary School, Nawanshahr, is charging 'a fee' of Rs. 50 for each admission form, a violation of the Right to Education Act (RTE), for admission form for each student (classes 6-8) seeking admission in the school.
The school has also been violating the instructions by the state director general of school education that no student be denied admission for Classes 1-8.
Speaking with Hindustan Times, Dilbagh Singh of Mehandipur village, alleged that the school authorities had declined to admit his son, Harjeet Singh, to Class 6, without assigning any reason. He alleged: "The school took a fee of Rs. 50 for admission form, a violation of RET Act, 2009."
He added that the form was available for free on the state education department's website. Another student, Ajit Singh, claimed that he paid Rs. 50 for admission form to the school.
When contacted, officiating principal Jagdish Rai justified the charging of Rs. 50 for the admission form.
"The money will be used for development works of the school. A separate account has also been opened for maintenance of these funds," said Rai.
He claimed that even the printing expenses of the admission form were taken care of the school, even though there were no grants for the purpose.
On denial of admissions to a student, he claimed that this was necessary to ensure that the teacher student ratio of 1:40 was maintained.
District education officer Dinesh Kumar said, "We are charging Rs. 50 for the form so that development work can be carried out. We have not received any special funds. I have spoken to the director general of school education in this regard."