Donation for Application Leading to Public Palpitation!?

Donation for Application Leading to Public Palpitation!?

Submitted by Editor on Wed, 2015-12-09 02:01 Bengaluru: We have heard about hospitals demanding huge sums of money even before admitting a patient! But schools demanding a donation even to an issue application form???? Read on… Here is a warning for the parents who are planning to admit their child to their neighbourhood elite school. Minimum home work needed is, all the parents must read the conditions put forth by the school managements on them before shortlisting the schools.  Few elite corporate chain schools in the city are now demanding full payment of the donation in a single payment just to an application form LKG! School Fee can be paid during the admission! Interestingly, schools are not ready to confirm the seat for your child even after paying the donation. This is a shocker that some of the parents from in and around Ramamurthynagar received when they approached an elite local school seeking information about the LKG fee structure in the school. According to the parents, the school wanted parents to pay the donation amount fixed for the LKG at the time of receiving the application itself. The donation quoted was Rs 40,000 per year and the annual fee for the LKG -Rs.90,000!.  Non RefundableAccording to the application form, donation will not be refunded once the parents confirm the admission but later opt out for a different school. However, only the fee amount will be refunded in such cases.  According to some parents, this practice is not limited to one particular school. "Many schools in the city especially corporate schools are following this tactic. As per the law, donation is banned but schools demand it openly. “I visited around 6-7 schools in and around Ramamurthynagar and Whitefield areas. This problem is everywhere," informed a parent lamenting this unholy practice. But according to education department officials, this practice is not restricted to one single school. "Many schools want certain portion of the fee amount in advance. It is illegal as per the RTE Act which is governing all the schools in the state. Unfortunately, no one is lodging complaints or providing accurate evidence. This has stopped us from initiating action against such schools,” says an officer from the Department of Public Instruction (DPI).What Activists Say? According to Nagasimha Rao of RTE Task Force and Child Help Line, Section 13 of RTE Act prohibits all kinds of donations. “But reality is that these kinds of incidents are happening. Definitely there is no use even if complaints are lodged with the education department,” he said. Another officer from DPI who wished to be anonymous expressed their inability to initiate action as no parent comes forward to lodge complaints. “There are several committees including one headed by the DC. If parents gives tip off we can raid or check what is happening,” he said.  representational photo