Strictly online admission, fixed fees and reservation of women in Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and all junior college admissions will bring unprecedented change among others.
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Board of Intermediate Education (BIE) Secretary V. Ramakrishna said all these illegal offline admissions do not have government approval and will not be recognized. “They have no sanctity or approval from the board. We provide a login and only through this the details of the students can be entered and it will be considered as proper admission to get the hall-ticket of BIE Intermediate Examination,” Ramakrishna told IANS.
All other invalid offline admissions will not be recognized by the BIE. This is important because some popular junior colleges have already illegally admitted hundreds of students without issuing admission notices.
“Junior colleges will not get valid BIE Intermediate admissions just by writing the names of the students in their registers. They are taking admissions like unofficial slot bookings,” the secretary noted.
Also, he noted that it would not be easy for the board to find offline admissions because colleges could easily manipulate. Ease of admission to the college of choice of the students, cancellation of illegal custody of the certificate with the college management and data integrity are the goals of online admission.
The BIE has also removed the requirement to physically verify a student’s tenth grade certificate and other documents, a highly abusive method of gaining complete dominance over students.
Through this move, the Andhra Pradesh government aims to clip the wings of many corporate junior colleges that have an infamous record of harassing students by keeping their certificates.
The online method enables a student to join the college, creating a physical certificate or even an e-certificate to the college management without the need for a student.
Aiming to eradicate decades of widespread abuse and arbitrary commercialization of middle education in the southern states, the board has introduced online admissions only from this academic year.
In addition to these illegal admissions, corporate colleges are demanding that students pay more fees during online classes that they are now managing but the board has other plans.
Considering the lucrative nature of these entities, BIE is working on fee capping of intermediate courses, depending on the nature of admission such as day scholar, boarding, intermediate tuition and competitive exam coaching and others.
“Now the fee finalization process is almost over. It is going to be announced soon. Then there will be clarity,” he noted.
Following this procedure, the Board will clearly determine the fee structure for day scholar admission, hostel admission, transportation and coaching costs, which cannot be violated at any cost.
The fee structure will be uniform across the state, which will be determined by the Andhra Pradesh School Education Regulatory Commission (APSERMC).
APSERMC has the power to fix tuition as well as coaching fee structure.
Now the fee portion will be clarified because colleges will have to pay the bill clearly for tuition fees, coaching fees and other matters, as opposed to the previous practice of creating ambiguity and taking erroneous teachers and students for trips.
“Now you can ask colleges to write an invoice. How much does coaching cost? What does coaching mean? How much for intermediate? That’s right. That will be clear. We are not stopping them from coaching. The only thing is that they combine both tuition and coaching. Doing and collecting fees, ”he said.
Ramakrishna, a senior Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer, highlighted that the cartels of the private intermediate education lobby and the corporate college are always at hand to take any long-term reform initiative.
Although it is illegal to integrate intermediate courses with competitive examination coaching classes in Engineering, Agricultural and Medical Common Entrance Tests (EAMCET) or the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), the status quo remains.
EAMCET coaching classes are classified as tutorial classes under Section 32 of the Education Act and institutions interested in entering this segment must obtain separate permission from the government and have their own facilities, separate from intermediate colleges.
BIE is keen to whip up against this illegal practice and has already sent a file to the government to separate the middle class and coaching class, which has not yet come.
To implement the reservation, Ramakrishna said the board would issue a circular, which would clearly follow all the rules and instructions.
“The board plans to hold a meeting with stakeholders in intermediate education in the first week of August. We will take stakeholder feedback, compile our guidelines and issue a notification,” the online admissions process secretary said.
Based on health department guidelines, physical classes are expected to begin in mid-August.
He said the notification of admission of first year students was delayed because the actual results of SSC students have not been declared yet, though all have passed.
According to Ramakrishna, the 2021-22 academic year will be very different from the past, considering the reforms that have taken place in the online admission, reservation and fee structure, and it will take some time to implement the 1: 400 teacher-student ratio.
There is a strong presence of profiteering corporate players in all branches of education, from kindergartens to colleges and universities in the South, who have been making money for decades, traveling to errant students and parents to promise their faith.
Ramakrishna says he is on a mission to sanitize intermediate education which has been abused for decades and forgiven by the next government and officials.