Board of Intermediate Education (bie.ap.gov.in) secretary V. Ramakrishna said all illegal offline admissions have no official sanction and will not be recognized
Amaravati: Middle education in Andhra Pradesh will transform from the academic year 2021-2022, as several aspects known to the public for decades will cease to exist, which will open a new chapter of upper secondary education in the State.
Strictly online admissions, fixed fees and scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, other backward classes (OBCs) and reservations of women in admissions to all junior colleges will usher in unprecedented changes among others.
The secretary of the Middle Education Council (bie.ap.gov.in), V. Ramakrishna, said all these illegal offline admissions have no official sanction and will not be recognized.
“They have no sacredness or sanction of the board. We give an identifier and it is only through these details that students can be entered and this will be treated as a proper admission to obtain the ticket of ‘entry for the IBE Intermediate Exam, “Ramakrishna told IANS.
All other illegal offline admissions will not be recognized by the BIE.
This is gaining in importance because some popular junior colleges have already illegally admitted hundreds of students without even the IBE issuing the admission notification.
“Junior colleges simply entering the names of students in their registers will not become legitimate intermediate admissions of the IBE. They accept the admission informally as reserving a slot,” the secretary stressed.
Additionally, he noted that it will not be easy for the board to track admissions offline, as colleges can easily manipulate them. The ease of applying for admission to a college of the student’s choice, the abolition of illegal custody of certificates with college principals, and data integrity are the goals of online admissions.
“Physical verification of the 10th certification not required”
The IBE also removed the need to physically verify a student’s Class 10 certificate and other documents, a procedure widely used to achieve complete dominance over students.
With this move, the government of Andhra Pradesh aims to cut the wings of many corporate junior colleges that have a notorious record of student harassment by keeping their certificates with them.
The online procedure allows a student to join a college without having to produce physical certificates or even an electronic certificate to the directions of the college.
In an effort to root out the decades-long widespread abuse and indiscriminate commercialization of middle school education in the southern state, the board only introduced online admissions from this academic year.
In addition to these illegal admissions, corporate colleges are also asking students to pay more fees during online courses they are currently providing, but the board has other plans.
“Capped junior college tuition fees”
Given the profit-making nature of these entities, the BIE is working on capping fees for the intermediate course, depending on the nature of the admission such as day school, boarding school, intermediate courses and supervision of competitive examinations. and others.
“Now the fee finalization process is almost complete. It will be announced soon. Then there will be clarity,” he noted.
As a result of this procedure, the board of directors will clearly define the structure of the admission fees to the clerkship, admissions to hostels, transportation and coaching costs, which cannot be violated at any cost.
The fee structure will be uniform across the state, to be set by the Andhra Pradesh School Education Regulatory Oversight Commission (APSERMC).
APSERMC has the power to set the structure of tuition fees as well as coaching.
Now the fees portion will be clarified as colleges will be required to submit clear invoices outlining tuition, training fees and the like, unlike the previous practice of creating ambiguity and giving teachers a ride. and gullible students.
“Now you can ask the colleges to write on the bill what is the cost of coaching? Coaching means how much? For intermediaries how much? It’s fixed. That clarity will come. We are not preventing them from offering coaching. . they merge both tuition and training and collect fees, ”he said.
Ramakrishna, a senior Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer, pointed out that the private middle school lobby and the corporate college cartel are always on their guard to thwart any long overdue delays. ongoing reform.
“EAMCET Coaching Course”
Although it is illegal to merge intermediate courses with competition training courses for tests such as the Common Entrance Test in Engineering, Agriculture and Medicine (EAMCET) or the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), the status quo continues for the moment.
EAMCET coaching courses are classified as tutoring courses according to Article 32 of the Education Act and entities interested in venturing into this segment must obtain separate authorization from the government and must have their own facilities, dissociated from the intermediate colleges.
The BIE is keen to crack the whip on these illegal practices and has already transmitted the file to the government to separate the intermediate classes and the coaching classes, which is still to come.
For the implementation of the reservations, Ramakrishna said the board will issue a circular clearly detailing all the rules and instructions to be followed.
“During the first week of August, the council plans to hold a meeting with stakeholders in middle education. We will take the opinion of stakeholders, compile our guidelines and publish the circular,” said the secretary on the online admission process.
“Physical classes from mid-August”
Based on the instructions from the health department, physical classes are expected to start from mid-August.
He said admission notification for freshmen is being delayed because actual results for SSC students have yet to be announced, although all have been passed.
According to Ramakrishna, the 2021-22 academic year will be drastically different from the past, given the reforms introduced in the forms of online admission, reservations and pricing structure, while it will take some time to implement the 1:40 teacher / student ratio.
All branches of education, from kindergarten to college and university in the Southern State, have a strong presence of profiteering business players, who have been making money over the decades, taking students away. and gullible parents take a ride with their fictitious promises.
Ramakrishna says he is on a mission to clean up middle school education which has been abused for decades and tolerated by successive governments and officials.
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