Samarpita Banerjee : Wed Jun 20 2012, 09:37 hrsWith many parent and student organisations complaining that many city schools were refusing to admit children belonging to economically weaker sections under the Right to Education Act, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) education board has formed an 80-member team to inspect all the schools in the next three days. The education board has also urged parents to report to the board and it will ensure that such students are admitted. Each inspection committee will have a supervisor from the education board and a teacher from Sarva Siksha Abhiyaan's cluster resource centres (CRC). Deputy director of education Ramchandra Jadhav said, "We will soon hold a meeting of all the education officers to decide about the action to be taken against schools refusing to implement RTE."
When asked how each school will be monitored, he said, "We have formed 40 teams of supervisors and CRCs. They will start their three-day supervision on Wednesday and will report to us by Friday."
There are close to 350 schools in the city, and only minority unaided schools that have never taken any kind of assistance from the government is exempt from following RTE guidelines, added Jadhav.
When asked about the action that will be taken against schools that fail to implement the 25 per cent quota, Jadhav said, "If the schools are found flouting the norms, they will be de-recognised immediately." When told that many students were turned down by schools, he added, "I urge all such parents to come to the education board. We have a list of all the schools where RTE has to be implemented and we will make sure that students gets admitted to the schools."
However, a few schools are claiming that they are not getting any enquiries about the EWS admissions. "RTE is a wonderful initiative by the government, but there is lack of clarity about its implementation. Government officials are themselves not clear about it. We are open to giving admissions to such students. However, most of the parents are not aware that such a provision is available even at International Baccalaureate (IB) schools," said Shakuntala Jaisinghani, principal, RIMS International school. Similarly, Pallavi Naik, principal of Dr Kalmadi Shamrao High School, said, "We haven't received any enquiries yet. If we do, we will make sure that we accommodate such students."