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Edu inspectors given powers to record school admission tests

More transparency under RTE Act
Santosh Andhale
Posted On Friday, May 25, 2012 at 02:54:04 AM

The state education department has given district education officers the power to capture student admissions on video if they suspect any school of not following proper guidelines.

This has been done to ensure that these schools don't discriminate while allocating 25 per cent seats to students from financially weaker sections under the Right to Education (RTE) Act.

Sanjay Deshmukh, project director of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, who will be looking after the Act's implementation, said, "If our official comes to know of any school not going by the rules, he will shoot the entire process on camera. This will create more transparency and also act as proof of the process. If parents or NGOs take the matter to court, we can produce the footage as evidence."

The RTE Act makes education a fundamental right of every child aged 6-14 years, and specifies minimum norms in elementary schools. As per the rules, all schools, excluding unaided minority-run institutions, will have to reserve 25 per cent of their seats for students from financially weaker sections.

‘A welcome move by the government’

"Some schools may give admissions to students from weaker sections but without following the prescribed procedure. This move will hopefully bring a stop to this too. It's a welcome move by the government." said Arundhati Chavan, president of the Parent Teacher Association.

"Sometimes local politicians pressurise schools to admit their kids through this quota. The admission process of this section should be very transparent," she added.

Jayant Jain, president of the Forum for Fairness in Education said, "If the government really wants transparency admissions they should also consider online admissions. This way every body will know what is going on."

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