The time has come when parents have started worrying about the admission of their children in schools. Parents are always worried about the fees of the school which increases every year. The private and corporate schools increase their fees around 50% with every admission season. Due to this, the department of public instruction in the Dakshina Kannada district has decided to prevent extra fees charged by the schools and to check the rules and regulations during the admission in private schools for the coming academic year.
The admission procedure for seats in pre-nursery, nursery, primary, and high school in private schools will begin on 10 march. The process will be monitored by the head of the district-level Education Regulating Authority deputy commissioner AB Ibrahim.
All the deputy directors and state education officers will be counseled by the Mohammed Mohsin, commissioner, department of public instruction. They would be asked to be cautious while checking disproportionate collection of tuition fees by the private schools. The department sent the notice to the schools describing the complaints against them for collecting excessive fees than prescribed by the government.
According to the reports, the school issued the number of total seats on March 10 while the application forms distributed from March 15 and the last date of submitting the application form is April 30. Rs 25,000 will be imposed on the school if they conduct an entrance test for children or parents. Department will ensure that immediate action is taken on schools who do not follow the rules and regulations.
"The government makes rules, but most private schools don't follow them. Though the ERA is entrusted with checking violations, it fails to do so due to lack of evidence. Most parents don't come forward with evidence against private schools. Hence, admission in private schools continues without transparency," said Renni D'Souza, director, Valored.
According to DDPI Walter D'Mello, strict action will be taken against the schools which offend the rules during the admission procedure. There are around 450 private schools in the district and the authorities will check all the schools during the admission process. He also added that parents may also approach the state level officers if they found the schools violating the norms.