Ensure schools display fee details, DPI tells officials

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has asked its officials to keep a check on private schools to ensure that they are putting up details of their fee on the notice board where parents can view it.

The DPI has instructed deputy directors of districts and block education officers (BEOs) to inspect schools in their jurisdiction and submit a report on schools which fail to comply.

According to the Karnataka Educational Institutions (Classification, Regulation, and Prescription of Curricula, etc) Rules 1995, private institutions have to maintain a brochure showing details about heads of fees and the amount. This is to be prominently displayed on the school's notice board.

The circular issued to the officials instructs them to submit a report with details of schools which have not complied and what action they have taken against them.

They have also been asked to inspect schools which come under the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE). The education act was amended last year, to bring these schools under the jurisdiction of the DPI for issues such as fee regulation and safety of students.

The officials have also been asked to inspect the infrastructure of private, state, CBSE and ICSE schools to ensure that they comply with norms prescribed in the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009. Deputy directors are to demand an explanation from school managements if they have failed to comply, and take appropriate action.

Further, schools will be scrutinised for whether they have appointed qualified teachers as prescribed in the RTE Act.

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