Poor students fees being refunded in Malda
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Last Updated: Thursday, November 03, 2011, 18:40
Kolkata: After the intervention of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), poor students in Malda district are now having their fees refunded under the Right to Education Act which guarantees free education for children.

Under the Sarva Siksha Mission, all school authorities in the district have been directed to immediately refund the fees collected from children who could not lodge a complaint, said NCPCR member Vinod Kumar Tikoo.

A total of eight students from three schools in the district have already been refunded Rs 1105, collected from them during the last academic session in violation of section 3 of the Act, he said.

According to a compliance report received by the commission from the district administration, all students who have not complained but had to pay fees after 1.4.2010 will be refunded immediately.

"An FIR has also been lodged against the secretary of Popra Ishwarlal High School on the charge of extracting money from newcomers lodged in an Ashram hostel. The school management committee has been suspended," the NCPCR member said.

Steps have also been taken to stop admission test, which is again in violation of section 13 of the RTE Act.

Under the Act, any cost that prevents a child from accessing schools will be borne by the state which shall have the responsibility of enrolling the child as well as ensuring attendance and completion of eight years of elementary schooling.


First Published: Thursday, November 03, 2011, 18:40

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