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Private schools want govt to clear confusion over Right to Education Act

Private schools want govt to clear confusion over Right to Education Act

Kevin Mendonsa, TNN Jun 13, 2012, 12.35AM IST

MYSORE: The enforcement of Right to Education (RTE) Act seems to have made no impact on schools in Mysore. As a blatant violation of the Act, the schools continue to reject the applications of children who were recommended by the education department.
The joy of R Anand Kumar, a daily wage worker, who wanted to admit his three-year-old son Yuvaraj to LKG, was short-lived. In spite of having his application approved by the education department, the same was rejected by Nalanda Educational Society, an unaided institution. Instead, the institution handed him a letter addressed to DDPI and BEO, saying that they are attached to Karnataka Unaided Schools Managements' Association (KUSUMA), which has moved the high court against the implementation of the RTE this academic year.

When contacted, Nalanda Education Society High School headmaster Natesha said: "We will decide on RTE admissions only after the government clarifies on minority aided schools. As of now, admissions are over, and there are no seats for the present academic year." KUSUMA will implement RTE once the confusions are cleared, he added.
To ensure admission, Anand said, he was asked to pay the fees, which will be reimbursed to him if the government extends financial assistance under RTE Act. "They asked me to pay the fees first," he added.
"No institution -- aided or unaided -- can deny admissions under RTE Act, especially when the education department recommends the child," said D K Basavaraj, deputy director of public instructions. Many schools are urging the government to implement RTE Act from next year, and the same will be discussed with ZP CEO, he stated.
ZP CEO Ajay Nagabushan asserted that RTE should be implemented this year. "In all, 86 children have been recommended by the education department. They must be admitted to schools without any hurdles," he said, adding: "Failing which, notice will be issued to schools seeking reply within 30 days. If they go unanswered, the (schools') recognition will be cancelled."
Block education officer Raghunandan said: "Many schools are not accepting children recommended by the education department under RTE, arguing that 'all seats are full'."
"Private school managements are overriding education officers through political powers," alleged M J Sureshgowda, president of Vishwamanava Vidyarthi Yuva Vedike. The authorities are not serious in ensuring the effective implementation of RTE, and are playing with the lives of the poor, he added.

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