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30% institutes yet to form school panel under RTE Act

30% institutes yet to form school panel under RTE Act

TNN Dec 25, 2013, 12.30AM IST

PANAJI: Around 30% schools in Goa have not yet constituted the school management committees required to be formed under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act.
The deadline for implementation of the Act's provisions ended for states in April this year.
The data on Goa schools features in the latest survey of the Union human resource development (HRD) ministry.
In the data compiled for the HRD by its wing, the National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA), for the academic year 2012-13, the percentage of Goa schools that have formed the school management committees falls below the national average.
While over 80% schools have already formed the school management committees and drawn the required school development plan under RTE nationally, only 70% schools have been able to meet the requirement in Goa.
Though the data is gathered through the state sarva shiksha abhiyan, Goa officials claimed that the data reflected in the national survey was not entirely accurate.
As per the RTE Act, all schools are required to constitute a school management committee consisting of elected representatives of the local authority, parents or guardians of students admitted in the schools and teachers.
At least three-fourth members of such a committee should comprise of parents and guardians, according to the Act. But the schools should also ensure that 50% of the committee's members are women.
The functions of the school management committee will include monitoring the functioning of the school, preparing and recommending a school development plan, and monitoring the utilization of grants provided to the school by the state government or the local authority or any other such source.
Grants will be provided to the schools by state authorities based on the school development plan prepared by the school management committee.

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