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Over 120 schools fail RTE test

Over 120 schools fail RTE test

Rinny Jose, TNN Oct 14, 2012, 06.20AM IST

LUDHIANA: Over 120 schools in and around the city may soon be in trouble. The district education department is contemplating action against these institutes for failing to submit Right to Education (RTE) Form 1 with regard to compliance of provisions of the Act. The schools have reportedly not submitted forms by due date and may face punitive action soon.
To begin with, the education department will issue notices to the defaulting schools, seeking an explanation from them. In case the schools fail to give a satisfactory reply, their affiliation may be cancelled, sources in the department said.

By October 12, all schools were required to submit RTE forms regarding compliance of provisions under the Act like 25% reservation for students from economically weaker sections. According to sources, as many as 180 schools in 19 blocks of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Ludhiana, submitted these documents.
"Only those schools that have submitted a declaration form under the provisions of RTE Act will be approved for affiliation in the next session. Subsequently, they would be charged Rs 10,000 on daily basis," said legal assistant (RTE) Harvinder Singh.
Sources said number of defaulting schools could be higher as several have submitted inadequate details in the forms and not categorically mentioned about the compliance. There were also some schools where authorities claimed they submitted all the details in January early this year. "We submitted the forms in January and in order to avoid the confusion, we again sent the revised declaration form this month. We have no issues in implementing the RTE Act as we believe in abiding by the rules," said principal Paramjit Kaur of BCM Arya Model, Shastri Nagar.
Officiating head mistress of Ram Lal Bhasin School, Dugri Gurleen Kaur claimed that the school had drawn the modalities for 25% reservation for students from weaker sections and a decision for implementation was being taken by the management. Meanwhile, officials in maintained they had started process of scrutinizing forms and a list of defaulter schools was expected to be released on Monday.

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