Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Belgaum gets an ‘A’ in RTE

Belgaum gets an ‘A’ in RTE

The Times of India, 16 August 2012
Implementation of the Right to Education Act has been largely successful in the district.
Out of the 663 seats reserved under RTE in 53 schools in the district, 527 have been filled with 37 schools filling their quota completely, 14 schools partially and two schools are yet to admit any student under RTE.
There are 43 aided and eight unaided schools in Belgaum city. Under RTE, all schools need to reserve 25% of seats for students from economically and socially weaker sections of society. As per block education officer’s category wise reservation 7.5% of the 25% is reserved for SC students, 1.5% for ST students and 16% for students from other backward classes. In Belgaum city, which has a total of 2,616 seats, 663 were reserved under RTE. Of this, 197 seats were for SC, 56 for ST and 410 for OBC. The schools have managed to admit 527 students (129 students from SC, 55 ST and 343 students from OBC). The RTE is applicable for students getting admitted to LKG and Class I.
Education Coordinator DM Sanadi said the department plans to organize awareness programmes so that more students approach schools seeking admissions. “If there are more students and fewer seats, we will allot seats through a lottery system in the presence of the school management, department officials and parents. While allotting seats, students who stay nearby will be given preference. After the students join school, we will keep a close watch on how these students mingle with other students,” he said.
Among the RTE underperformers are Love Dale Central School in Mahantesh Nagar, KLE School, BK Model and NS Pai School. Love Dale has enrolled just one student while it has 23 seats, KLE has 35 seats and has filled just two seats. Model and Pai schools are yet to enrol any student under RTE.
“In these schools, students have not come forward to give their applications. We hope even these seats will be filled next year,” Sanadi said. Religious and linguistics minority schools have been exempted from implementing RTE and there are about 40 such schools in the city.
Schools, who have admitted students under RTE, will receive a maximum of Rs5,948 for every LKG student and Rs11,848 for students in Class I.

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