Saturday, March 23, 2013

RTE: Hyderabad Public School gets it right

RTE: Hyderabad Public School gets it right

HYDERABAD: Hyderabad Public School, one of the most prestigious schools in the state, changed its admission process right after the Right to Education (RTE) Act came into existence in 2009. Since the past two years the school has been following the lottery system over the entrance examination model and has been reserving seats for students from underprivileged backgrounds, in complete compliance with the act. Proud of this achievement, school officials say that the fear of school managements that their standard of education would drop with the implementation of the act are unfounded.
In HPS, every year nearly 10,000 students compete for 250 seats. With the lottery system kicking in every one has an equal opportunity to get a seat, officials said. With no "influences" and no "recommendations" coming into picture for the aam admi, HPS admission has become more student friendly, all thanks to RTE. The school was able to implement the directives of the RTE as its board comprises top officials of the school education department. "We decided to implement the RTE act in HPS to make it a model for other schools to follow," said D Sambashiva Rao, the then principal secretary of secondary education department.

"All the branches of HPS have implemented the act and the response has been good. We admitted students under the act in the presence of officials of the district education department to make the process transparent," said U Srinivas Murthy, in-charge principal, HPS Kadapa. Shattering the myth that students from underprivileged backgrounds might not do well when admitted into English medium schools, students in HPS institutions across the state are doing well in class, officials said.
The implementation of the act did not face any resistance from parents as reservations for students from weak sections is not a new thing as far as HPS is concerned. The school has been reserving its seats for students from SC and ST communities since its inception.

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