Monday, April 22, 2013

'BPL pupils not to be dropped from schools'

'BPL pupils not to be dropped from schools'

B Sridhar, TNN Apr 2, 2013, 01.08AM IST

JAMSHEDPUR: Following the agitation by parents of below poverty line (BPL) students, the district administration has assured that no one will be dropped from school in case of non-submission of fees in the new academic session.
In the wake of reports of some private English-medium schools forcing students from modest backgrounds to deposit their fees within a certain period to be able to continue their studies in the new academic year (2013-14), several students along with their parents took to the streets on Monday.

Sixty BPL students and their parents staged a march from the Tata Steel Security Training Office to the Deputy Commissioner's office, covering a 1.5 km stretch, to protest against reports of unsympathetic approach of the English-medium schools.
"My son has been asked to deposit Rs 3000 for notebooks and uniform by April 10 or else he will be suspended from school," said 37-year-old Mohamed Jamil, a small-time mechanic and resident of Parvati ghat area in Jugsalai. Many parents who held similar views met Ajit Shankar, the additional district magistrate (ADM), law and order, in the absence of DC Himani Pandey, to seek justice.
After meeting the parents' delegation, the ADM held a discussion with the district education officials and announced that all the English schools will be asked to ensure that candidates are not failed owing to financial issues.
"The district administration will ensure that government funds allocated to schools for free and compulsory education of candidates coming from weaker sections of society (in adherence to the provisions of the RTE Act) are released soon. I also assure you that no student will be dropped from the school owing to non-submission of fees," said the ADM.
Most of the schools declined to comment on the issue. However, a lady principal of a leading missionary school said on conditions of anonymity that the Jharkhand government is not serious about releasing the sanctioned funds to the schools on time.
"We are yet to receive the 2012-13 year (BPL) funds allotted under the RTE Act," said the lady principal.
The city-based RTE activist, Dr Umesh Kumar, who organized the procession and also sent a missive to the Jharkhand Governor Syed Ahmed said, "It is for the schools to decide what is important for them? Educating the poor students or minting money."

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