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MHRD to soon propose a bill to curb unfair practices against weak students in schools

Published On: 29 Aug 2012 | Last Updated On: 29 Aug 2012

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) is planning to introduce a law to protect the interests of weak students in schools. The Bill proposes to make transfer or expulsion of academically weak students by the schools to get better Results in board examinations, a malpractice.  

The CABE (Central Advisory Board of Education) has set up a sub-committee to formulate a Bill on unfair means practiced by schools on weak students. Mostly private schools urge students with poor marks to quit while they are in Class IX or immediately after Class X board exams to improve their Board Results.  However this will be considered as a punishable offense once the law comes into effect.

Sources from the sub-committee revealed that it has become a regular trend for schools to expel weak students and enroll bright students from other schools. This is because Indian education system focuses more on marks. Here good marks reflect quality education. So, schools keep harassing weak students in order to maintain their good Results and their reputation.

Though the Bill is in its final stage of drafting, nothing has been revealed about the nature of punishment and where such cases would be settled.

The sub-committee formed on June 7, 2011 presented the same on July 18, 2012 to the minister of state for HRD. The CABE sub-committee also talked about the possibility of regulating school-fee during consultation but finally decided against it. However, section 3(1) and (2) of the draft Bill mandates all schools to reveal each component of the fee at the starting of the academic year and not revise it in the mid-session.

The Bill also bars schools from urging students not to appear in an exam or compelling bright students to participate in large number of Olympiads.

Source: India Today

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