In a measure to strengthen the Right to Education (RTE) Act, the State government has issued a strict warning to private schools across Tamil Nadu that they should not expel any student from the institution citing non-payment of fees.
A senior official from the department said that as per the Tamil Nadu Private School Regulation Act, no school could expel a child for delaying the payment of fees by issuing transfer certificates without the request of parents. “In addition, the RTE Act statutorily prohibits the school to expel children till the completion of elementary education,” he added.
The official also pointed out that Section 15 of RTE prohibits schools from denying admission to a child irrespective of the time in which admission is sought in the academic year. “All the private schools are instructed that if students cannot pay the fees, they should be admitted under RTE,” he said adding, “It has also been instructed that management of private institutions should not harass the parents in connection with the payment of fees.”
He said that an order has also been issued to the schools that strict action including de-recognition of the license would be initiated if any institution was found violating the law. “In addition, it has also been decided to constitute a committee comprising district education officer to get the exact report of the number of students, who were removed especially for not paying the fees,” he said.
The official said similarly, management of the private schools were also asked to maintain student’s register, which should be updated on a monthly basis through Education Management Information System (EMIS), a common online platform for students, teachers and school management.