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RTE applications rejected in Mysore

RTE applications rejected in Mysore

HM Aravind, TNN Jul 4, 2012, 07.37PM IST

MYSORE: The Mysore district schools received 1,349 applications seeking admission for the kids from economically weaker sections under provisions of the Right to Education (RTE) Act. But 540 applications have been rejected with Mysore North and Mysore South blocks, where majority of the private schools are concentrated, topping the list. This, when the district has 2,506 kids who are out of the school network. 153 kids were refused to be admitted to the schools in Mysore North while it is 91 in Mysore South.
There are multiple reasons including age criteria, deputy commissioner P S Vastrad said on Wednesday. Many of these kids were not eligible to be considered under the RTE too, he said but was not clear about the number of schools that have adhered to the government directive to implement the Act. All the applications filed in H D Kote and Nanjangud schools are accepted while the rejections are more in Mysore North and Mysore South blocks. There are yardsticks like the students should be admitted to LKG or Class I. But some parents have applied for the admission to Class III, which are rejected, he told reporters. "We'll hold an enquiry," he stated. According to a survey by the education department, there are 2,506 kids who are out of the school, the DC stated.

DDPI B K Basavaraj admitted that there are violators but said he doesn't have the number of schools who have rejected the applications. Some of the schools have said they need one year time to implement the provisions of the Act, he said arguing that RTE is not just about admissions. There are many aspects to it and we are focusing on it. The DC said admission is primary and other provisions come next adding he will look into it.
Schools evaluation
Meanwhile, the education department will evaluate the schools and look whether the facilities including toilets are used by the students during a month long drive starting Thursday. The 'Shaalegagi Naavu-Nivu' will focus on the utilization of the facilities. During the last edition they were created following evaluation, the DC stated. "We will also evaluate the functioning of the School Development Management Committees (SDMCs), which are tasked with the management of the schools," Vastrad stated. 120 teams have been constituted in the district to evaluate the government schools which will start work from July 6.

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