The Smriti Irani-led HRD ministry proposes new law – India’s private schools to be more transparent

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The key proposals of the Bill are:

The law will require schools to give a number of disclosures .

  • Asking all schools to declare fee components on their websites.
  • Notify their admission process clearly and well in advance
  • Disclose assets
  • give full information on teachers’ educational backgrounds
  • Disallow schools from charging full year’s fees from students who change schools before the academic year ends.
  • Law won’t set any ceilings and benchmarks on school fees or try to regulate the admission process.
  • Aims to introduce ‘more transparency’ in how schools run their business.
  • The Bill also seeks to make it mandatory for schools to issue receipts for all payments made by parents/guardians, making illegal the practice of linking admissions to donations.
  • Prevent schools from terminating the admission of a child for reasons like ‘non-performance’. This practice brings considerable disadvantage to the child.
  • set of benchmarks for teacher recruitment and all schools will have to follow them.

Now, it is of considerable importance if this bill is appreciated and accepted in Parliament to take a shape of law.

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