Express news service : Mumbai, Tue Apr 02 2013, 04:43 hrs
While the Supreme Court (SC) deadline to implement RTE Act ended on March 31, the state education department is considering giving more time to schools that could not follow certain clauses for genuine reasons.
The department has sought reports from education inspectors on implementation of RTE Act at the school level. Schools will have to submit to visiting education inspectors details such as infrastructure, whether they have separate toilets for boys and girls, playground and clean drinking water for students.
The department also wants to know whether schools are implementing 25 per cent quota for economically weaker students. The government has also sought data on schools using government land.
According to the education department, of the 1,148 Mumbai schools affiliated to state and non-state boards, over 200 are yet to apply for re-recognition.
RTE Act that came into force on April 1, 2010, mandates that schools apply for fresh recognition every three years.
"Once our education inspectors submit reports on implementation of the Act, we will decide the next course of action," said N B Chavan, deputy director of school education, Mumbai.
Schools may get more time to apply for recognition renewal.
A senior official in the education department said, "Schools were supposed to submit details for fresh recognition by March 31. But there are institutes that do not know rules. There are schools that faced genuine problems in implementing the rules, we may give them a little more time."