Friday, January 24, 2014

Act to Curb RTE Quota Fraud, Revenue Dept Told

Act to Curb RTE Quota Fraud, Revenue Dept Told

Published: 18th January 2014 09:12 AM
Last Updated: 18th January 2014 09:12 AM
Taken aback by parents submitting fake annual income certificates to get their children admitted under Right to Education (RTE) Act quota last year, the Department of Public Instruction has asked the Revenue Department to do a ‘reality check’ before issuing certificates.
Seats are reserved under the RTE quota for children from economically weaker sections of society, whose parents’ annual income is less than Rs 3.5 lakh. “It has been found that those who are not economically weak have obtained false income certificates from the Revenue Department. It is then imperative to do a thorough check and verify the actual annual income of families before issuance of certificates,” Commissioner for Public Instruction Mohammad Mohsin stated in a circular on Friday.
Last year, private schools noted several discrepancies in the annual income certificates submitted by parents seeking as many as 28,800 RTE quota seats in Bangalore. Based on media reports, Lokayukta Justice Y Bhaskar Rao directed the DPI to probe the matter.
The department has cautioned people that any admissions made this year based on fake or false income certificates would be cancelled. “If schools or parents come across such discrepancies, they can approach the Deputy Commissioners directly,” the circular states.
Speaking to Express, Mohsin said the department cannot cancel admissions on its own without any action from the Revenue Department. “Unless those fake certificates are cancelled by them, we cannot do anything. This is why we have asked DCs to take action. Once Revenue Department annuls  such certificates, I am ready to use my authority to cancel admissions,” Mohsin said.
Parents can apply for seats in schools or block education offices till February 8.
Private Schools Seek Reimbursement
The Karnataka Private Schools’ Forum on Friday demanded that the government ensure schools are reimbursed for children admitted under the RTE. The government is to pay schools Rs 11,848 for every child admitted under RTE in Class 1 and `5,924 for every child in kindergarten.
Notices Issued to Ten Institutions
The Department of Public Instruction has sent notices to 10 private schools in the city for having started the admission process prematurely.
As per the department’s direction, schools can start admissions from March 1.

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