Students rewarded for creating awareness on RTE Act
Prize money worth Rs 1.70 lakh given to 71 students; teachers awarded for e-Content
Vellore Collector P. Sankar distributed prizes to the 71 school students who won the contests conducted at the school level, block level and district level to raise awareness on the Right To Education (RTE) Act among the students of elementary, middle, high and higher secondary schools in Vellore district under the Shiksha Ka Haq Abhiyan (SKHA), during the weekly public grievances redressal day meeting held at the Collectorate here on Monday.
The Collector gave away cheques towards prize money worth Rs. 1.70 lakh to the 71 students.
The first, second and third prize-winners at the district level were given cheques for Rs. 5000, Rs. 3000 and Rs. 2000 respectively.
The Collector also distributed spectacles to 36 differently-abled children under the scheme of Inclusive Education for the Differently-Abled (IED) during 2012-13.
Mr. Sankar distributed three first prizes of Rs. 1000 each and four second prizes of Rs. 500 each to the teachers who won the district-level contests conducted for preparing e-Content for the computer-based education to students under the Sarva Siksha Abhyan.
R. Gopinath (Rajakuppam), G. Thamaraichelvi (Pallakkollai) and P. Vijayakumar (Kochalur) got the first prizes, while S. Chitra (Pernambut), R. Sugandhi (Vallimalai), G. Sankar (Thekkupattu) and N. Sasikala (Walajapet) got the second prizes.
The Collector distributed cheques for Rs. 10,000 each to five beneficiaries under the scheme of providing marriage assistance to the daughters of ex-servicemen from the Tamil Nadu Ex-Servicemen’s Welfare Fund.
Mr. Sankar received 562 petitions on the occasion. The petitions related to land pattas, patta transfer, free house site pattas, employment, loans, assistance to the differently-abled, old age pension, police protection and power connection.
K. Balaraman, District Revenue Officer, R. Mallika, Special Deputy Collector (Social Security Scheme), Jayasheela, District Supply Officer, T.V. Senguttuvan, Chief Education Officer, Govindaraj, Assistant Director of Land Survey, Jayashree Vishwambaram, Deputy Director of Ex-Servicemen’s Welfare and Baby Subbulakshmi, Junior Employment Officer participated in the meeting.
RTE Act: DoE gives provisional recognition to budget schools
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Director (Education) Amit Singla said the Directorate is provisionally recognising all such schools that have been applying for recognition after the norms were relaxed.
However, the recognition is subject to verification at a later date. For this, Singla said, the Directorate will depend on the information provided by the municipal corporations as the 800 sqm requirement is part of the Delhi Master Plan.
The list includes all such schools that have recently been included under the RTE Act after the Delhi government relaxed land norms in March 2013.
Nearly 1,200 schools had applied for provisional recognition after this.
Managements of schools facing closure had held protests outside the Vidhan Sabha demanding that the norms be relaxed.
Nearly 1,000 schools were exempted from this deadline and all pre-primary schools have now been kept out of the ambit of the Right To Education Act in accordance with a High Court judgment. So far, no action has been taken against such schools that still do not meet the revised land norms as per the Delhi Master Plan.
Delhi Education Minister Kiran Walia had earlier said it will not be possible to further relax required area norm for a school "due to concerns of fire safety and per child space".
Under the RTE Act, schools operating from an area under the 200 square yards (earlier 8000 square meters) are liable to a one-time fine of Rs 1 lakh and a daily fine of Rs 10, 000 beyond March 31, 2013.
However, no institutions has been fined till date "due to the confusion regarding the correct number of schools not meeting the 200 square yard criteria," the director said.