Express news service : Chandigarh, Fri Jul 06 2012, 04:03 hrs
In response to an RTI query filed by city private schools, the central government has clarified that for the implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act, it is mandatory for all UTs including Chandigarh to first identify the disadvantaged group.
The officials have also noted that the UT Administration needs to specify the income levels for defining the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) category. The Administration, then needs to get the drafts notified from the central government.
As per the provisions of the RTE Act, it is mandatory for all private unaided schools to reserve 25 per cent seats for students either from EWS or disadvantaged groups at the entry-level classes.
"For the notification, the UT concerned has to send us a proposal fixing income limit for weaker sections and specifying children belonging to disadvantaged groups, after which the Centre will notify the Act for it," reads the reply to the RTI query.
There are 67 private schools in the city which come under the purview of the RTE Act. Of these, only 30 schools have filled all the RTE reserved seats. The Independent Schools' Association (ISA) has long been reiterating the provisions of the Central government pertaining of notification of income levels and identification of disadvantaged groups.
The UT Administration, however, in the last two years since the RTE Act was implemented has failed to draft either of the notifications.