D. Ramesh Patnaik, the organizing secretary of the All India Forum for Right to Education stated his apprehension that the much questioned legislation that assures universal education, may lead education system towards greater commercialization of it.
He further viewed that government tries to disown its responsibility towards better education. In support of his statement, he cited adequate reasons like – payments are being made for seats under quota in private schools instead of focusing on matters like better quality of education in government schools.
Mentioning experience of Andhra Pradesh about providing financial support to economically poor students for higher education in private colleges, he opined that public-private partnership model had ended up taking away 40 percent of the total funding for higher education. He considers it as nothing but a distraction of tax payers’ money to private institutions rather than empowering public institutions.
He opined that although capitation fee has been banned, yet it remains as a vague idea. “It defines capitation fee as any kind of donation or contribution or payment other than the fee notified by the school.'’ He expressed that this Act has not adopted any measure to prevent dropout rate of students or common school system to provide equal opportunity to all students. The Act even did not make secondary & preschool education as its part.