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CAPITATION. A poll tax; an imposition which is yearly laid on each person according to his estate and ability.
     2. The Constitution of the United States provides that "no capitation, or other direct tax, shall be laid, unless in proportion to the census, or enumeration, therein before directed to be taken." Art. 1, s. 9, n. 4. See 3 Dall. 171; 5 Wheat. 317.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Finally, there is a discussion on the socio-political and educational implications of the capitation fee phenomenon-how it reflects persisting inequalities and the elitist base of the education system while lowering educational standards.
While the Union ministry for human resource development is drawing up a legislation to eliminate excess fees and capitation fees in schools, parents are playing along school authorities to find newer ways of money exchange for seats.
And another point is that if there would be a common test and a common merit list, then definitely, it would put an end to the capitation fee because admission would take place on the basis of merit list and the private sector would also follow this process.
As per the bills, charging of capitation fee or failure of educational institutions to keep promises of quality education could attract imprisonment up to three years for guilty administrators or fine up to Rs 50 lakh for the institute.
The deputy CM, who also holds the education portfolio in the AAP government, made it clear that any school found accepting capitation fee or donation or conducting interviews for nursery admission will be penalised with a minimum fine of Rs 5 lakh while repeat offence could also invite jail term of three years.
No school or person shall, while admitting a child, collect any capitation fee and subject the child or his or her parents or guardians to any screening procedure.
Also, under the proposed changes, no school will be allowed to charge any capitation fee ( directly or indirectly) from the students.
New Delhi, Dec 16 (ANI): The Capitation Fee Scam has once again gripped Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting S Jagathrakshakan, after a leading news channel uncovered a demand for capitation fee by Balaji Medical College, a subsidiary of the Bharath Institute of Education and Research (BIHER).
PRIVATE technical and medical colleges demanding capitation fee from students is illegal and unethical, the Supreme Court has said and asked the Centre to make laws to put an end to such practices which deny admission to meritorious and poor students in those institutions.
They borrow money from a ruthless female pimp- andloan shark to pay the capitation fee of their college and end up in trouble.
The bench also condemned the practice of some schools charging capitation fee, saying it is prohibited not only in the RTE Act but also in the Delhi School Education Act and the rules framed under it.