Mumbai: Schools in Maharashtra denying
admissions to children in primary level would have to pay a
fine, the state government has said.
A decision taken recently by the School Education
Department has made it compulsory for all private and
Government aided schools to admit all students.
"Schools cannot conduct scrutiny for admission
process. It has to be transparent and by a lottery system,
else Rs 25,000 would be fined for first violation and Rs
50,000 for each subsequent violations," an official release
The schools would be charged 10 times the amount of
donation taken for admission by the school authorities, the
release said, adding, admission forms should be given to all
the people in the nearby area on their demand.
"The State Government is very serious about the implementation of the Right to Education Act and the schools cannot ignore such an important decision, which we are posting on the Government website," an official from Education Department told a news agency.
The period for the school admissions has been extended
up to September 30 and students would be entitled to get
entry in the schools after that also, a Government order said.
The Government has also reduced the age limit of the
children to five years from six for admission in Class I.
In order to bring children outside the ambit of school
education into the classrooms, the Government has asked all
the schools to admit them in the standards suitable for their
age even if they haven`t received any education.
"A 10-year-old child should be admitted in fifth
standard even if he has never attended school earlier. It
would be the responsibility of the teachers and the schools to
give special time to him/her to complete the earlier studies,"
the order said.
Special or handicapped students would be given
opportunity to complete their primary education till the age
of 18 years, it said.
It is also the responsibility of parents to ensure
that their children are given compulsory primary education, it