Saturday, March 30, 2013

Follow RTE Act, demand parents

Follow RTE Act, demand parents

We’ve asked for guidance
from Rajya Shiksha Kendra on dates to start implementation process in remaining schools.
C M U PA D H YAY district education officer
HT Correspondent
Controversy regarding the implementation of Right to Education Act (RTE) in missionary schools is growing as parents have come forward demanding the implementation of the Act.
“How can missionary schools, that are known for doing charity work, back out on a noble cause of providing free education to weaker sections of society?” asks Nitesh Lal, convener of Shiksha Sudhar Morcha. Most schools are known for charging commissions in school uniforms, books and stationary. In such circumstances, no private school should be allowed to surpass the RTE Act, said Lal.
Education reform activist Gopal Mukhraiya says most private schools are established on land given by state which means they are aided by the government. The institutes also take benefit in income tax and other taxes imposed by the municipal corporations and other bodies. They are beneficiaries of all government schemes but when it comes to helping society, they refuse, said Mukhraiya. Father Anand Mutungal, former spokesperson of Catholic Church, says those who are opposing the Act have not read the Supreme Court’s decision properly. “The new order passed by the state government is well in line with SC’s decision and there should be no disagreement by minority institutions on the Act’s implementation,” he said.
“We’ve asked all missionary schools about details of their fee and curriculum. We’d like to know if any of these schools are imparting religious education, which is exempted from RTE Act,” said district education officer CM Upadhyay.

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