With school admissions underway, the city unit of the Aam Admi Party (AAP) carried out an awareness rally and distributed pamphlets among parents telling them what they can do against the atrocities of the schools, if they face. “The rally was aimed at curbing the illegal practices by schools like accepting donation in the name of capitation fees,” said a party member.
The party had, in the past, handed out pamphlets to parents on the first day of schools. This year, they distributed these in advance, to put an end to the schools’ autocratic attitude towards parents.
“Accepting donations in the name of development and capitation fee has become a common practice among schools,” said Mayur Panghaal, spokesperson of AAP, Navi Mumbai. The pamphlet comprises two parts - what do you know and what can you do to make understand the rights of parents.
As per the pamphlet, education institutions in India cannot be run for profits. It is a social service.
“The school or college cannot charge more than their expenses,” said Panghaal. He added that this is not happening and most education institutions have become a place to churn out money.
“Education institutions can only charge tuition fees and charging for anything else is a crime and there is a provision in the law to punish such institutions,” said another member of party.
On many occasions, schools charge fees of over a month in advance, which is illegal. “Parents do not need to deposit fees of more than one month in advance and they can approach to education officer in case they encounter such problems.
Talking about the rights of parents, Panghaal says parents can ask the school to show the balance sheet of incomes and expenses. “Schools increase fee at any time of the academic year and even sometime without the consent of the PTA,” says Panghaal, adding, “Parents can ask schools to show their balance sheet to learn about the need for a hike.”
Parents can also approach police if they are asked to deposit capitation fee. “In Navi Mumbai, parents can approach to civic education officers or the chief social service officer, depending upon the schools’ area,” said Panghaal. On many occasions, it is seen that parents do not complain as they are concerned about the education of their children. “We are creating awareness among parents as these are their rights. If they do not know their rights and not exercise them, they have to suffer,” said education activist.
The pamphlet says
As per the pamphlet distributed by AAP, education institutions in India cannot be run for profits. It is a social service.
On many occasions, schools charge fees of over a month in advance, which is illegal.