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RTE yet to take off in Seraikela

RTE yet to take off in Seraikela

B Sridhar, TNN Jul 6, 2012, 03.01AM IST

JAMSHEDPUR: Amid reports of schools not being sincere in implementing the guidelines of Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009 in Seraikela-Kharswan district, the district education office has announced that it would hold a meeting with the school principals in this regard soon.
With start of the first terminal examination in CBSE and ICSE-affiliated schools the call for admission to the economically deprived children in the schools, particularly in the private English-meduim schools in the district, has got louder.

"The irony is that several schools have said they have not yet received any clear-cut direction from the district education department regarding admission to the economically poor children under RTE norms," said Parents Association functionary Dr Umesh Kumar who claimed that his organization got eight BPL children admitted to the private English meduim school purely on humanitarian ground.
"Extending sympathy to the financially poor children, the school agreed for admission on the condition that the students will have to arrange their uniform and books," said Dr Umesh suggesting how the school turned a blind eye to the RTE Act.
The education department, on the other hand, said all schools have been directed in advance to ensure effective implementation of the RTE guidelines. "I had written to all schools, way back, to give free and compulsory admission of BPL students," said district education superintendent Ratan Marwah.
He said he will chair the meeting of school principals this month to take stock of the progress of the implementation of the RTE guidelines pertaining to the admission of the poor children in the 25 per cent seats reserved for them under the Act.
Principal of an Adityapur-based school said most of the families that come for admission of their children under RTE quota lack relevant documents. "In some cases they (the families) ask us to help in arranging the BPL cards for them," said the principal.

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