Edu dept sends notices to schools blacklisted for RTE Act violations

Jun 21, 2012, 08:15 IST | A Correspondent

Says it will take action against schools for failure to implement law that provides for free education to kids from economically weaker sections

The state education department yesterday issued notices to schools that have been blacklisted for not implementing the Right To Education (RTE) Act 2009.
The department sent letters to Muktangan School, Maharashtra Mandal, St Vincent School, Sardar Dastur School, New Life School, Mahavir Pratishthan School, Mount Carmel and St Annes, among others, for not implementing the RTE Act 2009, which states that free and compulsory education should be provided to all children from the economically weaker sections of society.

25 per cent quota
The department has decided to implement the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009 this year, and has ordered all government-aided schools to admit 25 per cent students from the lower strata of society.  Deputy director of education Ramchandra Jadhav said that implementation of RTE guidelines is still not being done in some schools in the city despite the Supreme Court ruling on 25 per cent quota for students from economically weaker sections.

“While some schools claim that their admission procedure is over, others are citing lack of infrastructure for not accommodating additional students. Besides not admitting reserved students, the management of these schools did not even attend the meeting held last week to discuss RTE Act implementation. We are considering taking action against them,” Jadhav said.

He added that some unaided private minority schools claim to have not taken any financial aid from the government. After an inspection of these schools last week, it was found that they have taken government aid in terms of land and other benefits during construction, which comes under RTE.
“We have listed such schools and will act against them,” Jadhav said. 

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