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'No Catholic school in Bhopal under Right to Education Act ambit'

'No Catholic school in Bhopal under Right to Education Act ambit'

TNN Jul 3, 2012, 06.53AM IST
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-07-03/news/32522952_1_catholic-schools-missionary-schools-principals
BHOPAL: There are no aided Catholic schools in Bhopal. Only the Hindi section of one school is partially aided. Hence the schools do not come under the ambit of the Right to Education Act (RTE), says spokesperson of the Catholic Church after a meeting of the missionary schools here on Monday.
Principals of catholic schools of four districts- Bhopal, Hoshangabad, Harda and Sehore met and discussed in detail the Supreme Court verdict on RTE Act on June 29 at Seva Sadan under the patronage of Archbishop of Bhopal Dr Leo Cornelio.

They maintained that the unaided private minority educational institutions are not under the ambit of the Act.
They also agreed that the court order makes it mandatory to teach the admitted students as per the RTE norms and would admit students for the academic year 2012-13.
Spokesperson of the Catholic Church, Madhya Pradesh Fr Johnney PJ said, "There are no aided Catholic schools in Bhopal. Only the Hindi section of St Francis, Jehangirabad is partially aided."
The principals also met state school education minister Archana Chitnis on June 11 to clarify her statement on missionary educational institutions not coming under minority educational institutions.
According to a release of the Catholic Church, Madhya Pradesh, "When the team told about the minority certificate we own, honourable minister had then claimed ignorance of the minority certificates obtained by these missionary schools from Government of India and the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions."
The release also stated the minister has instructed to submit the certificates to the DEO's office.
"The certificates of the schools have been collected and submitted to the DEO," informed Fr Johnney PJ.
The meeting was attended by the principals of various Catholic schools of the Bhopal Archdiocese, including Fr Joseph PP, principal, BSSS; Sr Reji, principal, Carmel Convent, BHEL; Sr Lilly, principal, St Joseph's Convent; Sr Noella, principal Carmel Convent, Baghmugalia; Fr Maria Francis, principal, St Xavier's School BHEL; Fr Thomas, principal, St Thomas Ayodhya Nagar and Holy Family School among others.

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