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Kapil Sibal to act tough on malpractices in school education

The Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal has said that government has proposed a law that will check malpractices in school education. While addressing the 58th Meeting of CABE, the minister said the move will promote transparency and accountability in the educational system.

“It essentially will prevent the rule of money power in this sector,” said Sibal.

The law is likely to be modeled on the lines of a proposed law on prevention of unfair practices in higher education which is already in parliament. The minister has sought suggestions and views from the State Governments to generate a platform for consensus.

The schools will also need to give admissions through a transparent process and can lose their accreditation in case of malpractices, including misleading advertisements, poor quality of teachers and withholding of certificates.

Under the proposed law, it will be mandatory for schools to disclose their fee structure, facilities and other details in their prospectus and on website. It will prohibit accepting any fee or charge by schools without issuing receipt while banning donation or capitation fee sought directly or indirectly. It will also provide for refunding of a certain percentage of the fee if the student subsequently leaves the school.

The high-level meeting was attended by Dr. D. Purandeswari, Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Shri Narendra Jadhav, Member (Education), Planning Commission, Smt. Vibha Puri Das, Secretary, Higher Education, Smt. Anshu Vaish, Secretary, School Education and Literacy besides Ministers of various state Governments, members of CABE from academia and civil society.

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