The Delhi Assembly on 1 December 2015 passed three major education bills, namely Delhi School Verification of Accounts and Refund of Excess Fee Bill, Delhi School Education (Amendment) Bill (DSEAA), and the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Delhi Amendment) Bill.
The three bills aim at reining in private schools, doing away with screening process in nursery admissions and scrapping of no detention policy till Class VIII. The bills also plan to bring in systemic reforms in education sector.
Salient features of the bills
• The DSEAA and the Delhi School (Verification of Accounts and Refund of Excess Fee) Bill stipulate hefty fine and imprisonment for violators of various provisions.
• As per the DSEAA, offenders can be levied penalty of different grades for taking interviews at the entry levels including the nursery admission and charging capitation fees.
• As per the provisions of the DSEAA, schools shall be punishable with fine which may extend to 10 times the capitation fee charged or 5 lakh rupees, whichever is more, if they do not show greater accountability in fees accepted and money spent. The repeated offenders may also be imprisoned ranging from 3-5 years.
• The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Delhi Amendment) Bill seeks to do away with the no-detention policy till Class VIII by amending relevant sections of the Right to Education Act.
The Delhi Government will send the bills to the Union Government for approval.
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