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Over 1,600 children to get free education in Mangalore

Over 1,600 children to get free education in Mangalore

Vinobha K T, TNN May 16, 2012, 07.11AM IST

MANGALORE: As many as 1,645 economically backward and underprivileged children in Dakshina Kannada will get free education in class I from this academic year under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009.
The department of public instructions on Tuesday issued a circular directing 143 unaided primary schools in the district to reserve 25 per cent seats in class I as per Section 12(1)(c) of the act. Meanwhile, 125 unaided schools in the district, which have minority status, are exempted from the rule as per the Supreme Court directive.
Poor children in Mangalore taluk education block will get more number of seats compared to other blocks as the education block has more unaided primary schools.
As many as 409 poor children will get free education in 33 unaided schools in the education block. The Sullia education block has the least number of unaided schools in the district and only 85 children will get the benefits of RTE there.
Meanwhile, officials of the department of public instructions and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) are awaiting a fresh circular regarding the revision of minority school list.
Minister for primary and secondary education Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri had on Monday said that the government would issue a circular to review the list of minority schools.
SSA deputy project coordinator N Shivaprakash said, "We are waiting for the guidelines for categorizing unaided schools as minority institutions. We will take action if any unaided school is found enjoying minority status without adhering to the guidelines. The department will direct such schools also to reserve 25 per cent seats for poor."
There are 268 unaided primary schools in the district.

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