RESPONSIBILITIES OF SCHOOLS AND TEACHERS
(1) For the purposes of this Act, a school,-
(a) specified in sub-clause (i) of clause (n) of section 2 shall provide free and compulsory elementary education to all children admitted therein;
(b) specified in sub-clause (ii) of clause (n) of section 2 shall provide free and compulsory elementary education to such proportion of children admitted therein as its annual recurring aid or grants so received hears to its annual recurring expenses, subject to minimum of twenty-five per cent.;
(c) specified in sub-clauses (iii) and (iv) of clause (n) of section 2 shall admit in class I, to the extent of at least twenty-five per cent of the strength of class, children belonging to weaker section and disadvantaged group in the neighbourhood and provide free and compulsory elementary education till its completion;
Provided further that where a school specified in clause (n) of section 2 imparts pre-school education, the provisions of clauses (A) to (c) shall apply for admission to such pre-school education.
(2) The school specified in sub-clause (iv) of clause (n) of section 2 providing free and compulsory elementary education as specified in clause (c) of sub-section (l) shall be reimbursed expenditure so incurred by it to the extent of per-child-expenditure incurred by the State, or the actual amount charged from the child, whichever is les, in such manner as may be prescribed;
Provided that such reimbursement shall not exceed per-child-expenditure incurred by a school specified in sub-clause (i) of clause (n) of section 2;
Provided further that where such school is already under obligation to provide free education to a specified number of children on account of it having received any land, building, equipment or other facilities, either free of cost or at a concessional rate, such school shall not be entitled for reimbursement to the extent to such obligation.
(3) Every school shall provide such information as may be required by the appropriate Government or the local authority, as the case may be.
(1) No school or person shall, while admitting a child, collect any capitation fee and subject the child or his or her parents or guardian to any screening procedure.
(2) Any school or person, if in contravention of the provisions of sub-section (1), -
(a) receives capitation fee, shall be punishable with fine which may extend to ten times the capitation fee charged;
(b) subjects a child to screening procedure, shall be punishable with fine which may extend to twenty-five thousand rupees for the first contravention and fifty thousand rupees for each subsequent contraventions.
(1) For the purposes of admission to elementary education, the age of a child shall be determined on the basis of the birth certificate issued in accordance with the provisions of the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act, 1886 or on the basis of such other document, as may be prescribed.
(2) No child shall be denied admission in a school for lack of age proof.
15. A child shall be admitted in a school at the commencement of the academic year or within such extended period as may be prescribed:
Provided that no child shall be denied admission if such admission is sought subsequent to the extended period;
Provided further that any child admitted after the extended period shall complete his studies in such manner as may be prescribed by the appropriate Government.
16. No child admitted in a school shall be held back in any class or expelled from school till the completion of elementary education.
(1) No child shall be subjected to physical punishment of mental harassment.
(2) Whoever contravenes the provisions of sub-section (1) shall be liable to disciplinary action under the service rules applicable to such person.
(1) No school, other than a school established, owned of controlled by the appropriate Government or the local authority, shall, after the commencement of this Act, be established or function, without obtaining a certificate of recognition from such authority, by making an application in such form and manner, as may be prescribed.
(2) The authority prescribed under sub-section (1) shall issue the certificate of recognition in such form, within such period, in such manner, and subject to such conditions, as may be prescribed;
Provided that on such recognition shall be granted to a school unless it fulfils norms and standards specified under section 19.
(3) On the contravention of the conditions of recognition, the prescribed authority shall, be an order in writing, withdraw recognition:
Provided that such order shall contain a direction as to which of the neighbourhood school, the children studying in the derecognized school, shall be admitted:
Provided further that no recognition shall be so withdrawn without giving an opportunity of being heard to such school, in such manner, as be prescribed.
(4) With effect from the date of withdrawal of the recognition under sub-section (3), no such school shall continue to function.
(5) Any person who establishes or run a school after withdrawal of recognition, shall be liable to fine which may extend to one lakh rupees and in case of continuing contraventions, to a fine of ten thousand rupees for each day during which such contravention continues,
(1) No school shall be established, or recognized, under section 18, unless it fulfills the norms and standards specified in the Schedule.
(2) Where a school established before the commencement of this Act does not fulfill the norms and standards specified in the Schedule, it shall take steps to fulfill such norms and standards at its own expenses, within a period of three years from the date of such commencement.
(3) Where a school fails the norms and standards within the period specified under sub-section (2) the authority prescribed under sub-section (1) of section 18 shall withdraw recognition granted to such school in the manner specified under sub-section (3) thereof.
(4) With effect from the date of withdrawal of recognition under sub-section (3), on school shall continue to function.
(5) Any person who continues to run a school after the recognition is withdrawn, shall be liable to fine which may extend to one lakh rupees and in case of continuing contravention continues.
20. The Central Government may, be notification, amend the Schedule by adding to, or omitting therefore, any norms and standards.
(1) A school, other than a school specified in sub-clause (iv) of clause (n) of section 2, shall constitute a School Management Committee consisting of the elected representatives of the local authority, parents of guardians of children admitted in such school and teachers:
Provided that atleast three-fourth of members of such Committee shall be parents or guardians;
Provided further that proportionate representation shall be given to the parents or guardians of children belonging to disadvantaged group and weaker section;
Provided also that fifty per cent of members of such Committee shall be women.
(2) The School Management Committee shall perform the following functions, namely:-
(a) monitor the working of the school;
(b) prepare and recommend school development plan;
(c) monitor utilization of the grants received from the appropriate Government or local authority of any other source; and
(d) perform such other functions as may be prescribed.
(1) Every School Management Committee, constituted under sub-section (1) of section 21, shall prepare a School Development Plan, in such manner as may be prescribed.
(2) The School Development Plan so prepared under sub-section (1) shall be the basis for the plans and grants to be made by the appropriate Government or local authority as the case may be.
(1) Any person possessing such minimum qualifications, as laid down by an academic authority, authorised by the Central Government, by notification, shall be eligible for appointment as a teacher.
(2) Where a State does not have adequate institutions offering courses or training in teacher education, or teachers possessing minimum qualifications as laid down under sub-section (1) are not available in sufficient numbers, the Central Government may , if it deems necessary, by notification, relax the minimum qualifications required for appointment as a teacher, for such period, not exceeding five years, as may be specified in that notification;
Provided that a teacher who, at the commencement of this Act, does not possess minimum qualifications as laid down under sub-section (1), shall acquire such minimum qualifications within a period of five years.
(3) The salary and allowances payable to, and the terms and conditions of service of, teachers hall be such as may be prescribed.
(1) A teacher appointed under sub-section (1) of section 23 shall perform the following duties, namely:-
(a) maintain regularity and punctuality in according school;
(b) conduct and complete the curriculum in accordance with the provisions of sub-section (2) of section 29;
(c) complete entire curriculum within the specified time;
(d) assess the learning ability of each child and accordingly supplement additional instructions, if any, as required;
(e) hold regular meetings with parents and guardians and apprise them about the regularity in attendance, ability to learn, programs made in learning and any other relevant information about the child; and
(f) perform such other duties as may be prescribed.
(2) A teacher committing default in performance of duties specified in sub-section (1), shall be liable to disciplinary action under the service rules applicable to him of her;
Provided that before taking such disciplinary action, reasonable opportunity of being heard shall be afforded to such teacher.
(3) the grievances, if any, of the teacher shall be redressed in such manner as may be prescribed.
(1) Within six months from the date of commencement of this appropriate Government and the local authority shall ensure that the Pupil-Teacher Ratio, as specified in the Schedule, is maintained in each school.
(2) For the purpose of maintaining the Pupil-Teacher Ratio under sub-section (1), no teacher posted in school shall be made to serve in any other school or office or deployed for any non-educational purpose, other than those specified in section 27.
26. The appointing authority, in relation to a school established, owned, controlled or substantially financed by funds provided directly or indirectly by the appropriate Government or by a local authority, shall ensure that vacancy of teacher in a school under its control shall not exceed ten per cent of the total sanctioned strength.
27. No teacher shall be deployed for any non-educational purposes other than the decennial population census, disaster relief duties or duties relating to elections to the local authority of the State Legislatures or Parliament, as the case may be.
28. No teacher shall engage himself or himself in private tuition or private teaching activity.