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Revised RTE norms bring relief to poor kids

Revised RTE norms bring relief to poor kids

TNN Sep 28, 2012, 01.54AM IST

JAMSHEDPUR: From the next academic session (2013-14), the 25 per cent of seats reserved for the economically weaker section students under Right to Education (RTE Act, 2009), will remain vacant throughout the session unlike the six months valid period in the current session.
Besides, the beneficiaries of the RTE Act will not have to produce the below poverty line (BPL) cards at the time of securing admission forms in schools. Two of these decisions were taken at a meeting between the district education department and unaided private English medium schools on Thursday.
 

The parents seeking admission of their wards in the schools will have to produce the valid BPL card in the school at the time of admission.
"The idea behind keeping the reserved seats vacant throughout the academic session is to ensure admission of the weaker section students anytime," said district education superintendent Indu Bhusan Singh alluding to the lack of RTE awareness among the deserving sections of the society.
During the meeting, the schools insisted on pursuing random admission of the students at the entry level through a software process called 'Saras'. The education department wanted the schools to continue practicing the existing system of manual lottery.
"About schools preference for software system, we will seek direction from the deputy commissioner," said an official in the RTE Cell of the education department.
Parents whose annual income is below Rs 72000 are also eligible to opt for the RTE route for admission of their wards.
"We are all here to provide quality education to the children. Therefore, we are ready to go an extra mile and settle for the consensus route to ensure maximum admission to the economically weaker section children," said a principal of the missionary run English school. Twenty five principals mostly of unaided private English schools attended the meeting.

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