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Schools protest screening ban

Schools protest screening ban

Shreya Bhandary, TNN Jun 13, 2012, 05.35AM IST
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-06-13/mumbai/32214584_1_schools-education-department-capitation-fees
MUMBAI: "'No screening during admissions' has been a rule in our state for many years, but schools were not following it. Now, with the backing of the central government and the Right to Education (RTE) Act, schools have no choice but to oblige," said Sanjay Deshmukh, director of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan on Tuesday.
Deshmukh added that schools will also not be allowed to charge capitation fees at the time of admissions or during the academic course. Those found guilty of charging capitation fees will be
The state education department also plans to start advertizing the 25% reservation quota available in private schools through local newspapers as well as radio. "We realized that radio is the most powerful tool to reach out to the masses, especially in rural parts of the state. Jingles will be played to attract the attention of listeners," said Deshmukh.
Schools, though, didn't sound happy about the latest diktat. "Screening procedures conducted by schools are not as scary as the education department makes them sound. It is a way to interact with students as well as parents. But now we have no choice but to follow the rule," said a school principal.
Meanwhile, the upgraded version of Maharashtra Prathamik Shikshan Parishad (MPSP) website is ready to be launched by August. It gives access to information about RTE, school-mapping, enrolment of students, infrastructure of schools across the state and so on. "The main purpose was to make information available in public domain and reduce RTI queries. Tracking schools will be very easy," said Deshmukh.

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