Private Schools Asking for Donations Face Huge Fines

The Delhi government has decided to crack down on institutions asking for donations for nursery admissions.

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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. (Photo: PTI)

The Delhi government has decided to crack down on institutions charging “under-the-counter” fees for nursery admissions. According to Hindustan Times, these educational institutions will be fined with ten times the amount that they charge, or Rs 5 lakh, whichever is higher. The report says:

The AAP government, which rode to power this February on promises of corruption-free governance, is also drafting a law under which a committee headed by a retired judge would monitor school fee hikes and about 400-500 authorised chartered accountants would scrutinise the accounts of these institutes. “If the schools are found siphoning fee money to other accounts or making fake bills, they could face imprisonment. The penalties and jail term will be decided soon,” said chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Schools that break the rules by interviewing either children or their parents for nursery admissions will have to pay Rs 5 lakh for a first offence and Rs 10 lakh for each subsequent violation.

The government has hiked its budget allocation for education by 106 percent this year and is planning a major overhaul of the school education system. The Delhi School Education Act and Delhi School Education Rules 1973 will be amended to introduce the changes.

Changes are likely to be implemented in the next academic session starting April 2016.

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