Saturday, March 23, 2013

7-member tribunal formed to look into cases of RTE Act violation

7-member tribunal formed to look into cases of RTE Act violation

statesman news service
KOLKATA, 1 JUNE: In absence of a State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR), the school education department has come up with a seven-member tribunal ~ Right to Education Protection Authority (Repa ) ~ which is entrusted to take legal steps against violation of various rules and regulations of Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009.
Private schools would also come under the purview of Repa, said Mr Bratya Basu, state education minister today adding the department has already received a number of complaints against the private schools over violation of RTE rules during admission.
Section 31 of RTE states, every state must set up SCPCR in line of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR). But, until SCPCR is being formed, a committee like Repa would look into these issues. Once SCPCR is formed, Repa will be dissolved, confirmed Mr Vikram Sen, principal secretary, school education department.
It may be noted that SCPCR will be formed by woman and child development and social welfare department.
Until then, the tribunal will take up cases of corporal punishment, private tuition and admission to school through admission test or capitation fee instead of lottery. Punitive measures would be taken against the accused schools or teachers according to legal provisions. The highest penalty can be a fine of Rs 50,000 against the accused school, said Mr Vikram Sen, principal secretary, school education department.
“Chief minister Mamata Banerjee wants to ensure free education to all children. Formation of Repa is a step towards that goal,” said Mr Basu.
Mr Sadhan Gupta, a retired Judge of Calcutta High Court has been made the chairperson of the body, while Mr Suhas Chatterjee is the registrar of the tribunal. “Local authorities need to be more responsible to inform us about these cases. But frivolous complaints are not what we are looking for,” said chairman Mr Gupta.
Government selects interim vice-chancellor for WBUT
KOLKATA, 1 JUNE: A week before the term of Professor Sabyasachi Sengupta, the Vice-Chancellor of West Bengal University of Technology (WBUT) comes to an end, higher education department has finalised the name of the next V-C who will be appointed on an interim basis for six months. Prof. Samir Kumar Banerjee, a professor of Computer Science, Calcutta University, will hold the chair. “We will send the official letter on Monday,” said an official of the department. sns

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