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350 schools without RTE-must kitchen shade in the district

350 schools without RTE-must kitchen shade in the district

Piyush Bhusari, TNN Jan 16, 2014, 12.06AM IST

KOLHAPUR: As many as 350 schools in the district - both private and those run by the zilla parishad - are still operating without kitchen sheds; a condition made mandatory by the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009. The primary reason cited for this is lack of space.
The state government's deadline for complying with the 10 infrastructure norms of the RTE was December 31, 2013.
"Altogether 350 schools in the district need urgent attention. Work of around 1,100 kitchen sheds has been already completed. The rest will be completed soon," said Smita Gaud, the primary education officer of the Kolhapur zilla parishad.
Unavailability of the kitchen shed has been identified as the main cause of non-compliance with RTE in the district. According to the deputy education director's August 31, 2013 report, 55.5% schools in the division were lacking the kitchen shed facility at the time.
The district has 2,027 ZP schools and 200 private schools. Earlier, construction firm officials had reported that in 100 schools in the district, there was no space to build a new shed.
"The state government provides Rs 75,000 to construct a kitchen shed. While the expenses at the ZP-operated schools are incurred by the state government, private schools have to bear with 25% of the cost of construction of the kitchen sheds," a ZP official said.

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