Thursday, January 23, 2014

Advertise 25% quota for EWS students, north zone schools told

Advertise 25% quota for EWS students, north zone schools told


In the wake of allegations of poor implementation of Right to Education (RTE) Act across the state, the education department has decided to pull up its socks. Officials of all three zones under the department in Mumbai have started conducting meetings with representatives of school managements to ensure systematic and timely implementation of the Act. To meet the March 31, 2013, deadline set by Supreme Court for implementation of the Act, the education department had hurriedly issued two government resolutions (GRs) in February and March — the first one was on Teacher Eligibility Test (TET), an entrance exam for aspirant teachers and the second on reservation of 25 per cent seats in schools for children from economically weaker sections (EWS).
However, neither clause was implemented in right earnest in any school. Other requirements of the Act, too, remain unfulfilled. A major failure is the non-implementation of the pupil-teacher ratio. The recommended ratio is 30:1 up to Class V. However, in most, the ratio remains 60:1. "Managements and principals of many schools are still confused. We have been conducting meetings to clear the doubts of schools on the 25 per cent quota and other clauses," said T M Dongre, education officer, north zone.
Dongre has prepared a new timetable for implementation of the 25 per cent quota in over 500 schools under his jurisdiction. "There was a common timetable issued by the state directorate of primary education in December. Owing to confusion, many schools could not implement a few clauses. Starting April 20, all schools in our jurisdiction have been instructed to place advertisements wherever they can, announcing 25 per cent quota for EWS students. Forms will be distributed on April 25, admission process will begin on May 29 and will go on till June 14," he said.
A draw will be conducted if the number of applicants are more than the seats available. Dongre said, "We want to maintain transparency in the process and ensure that all the schools implement the Act. After the results of the draw are out, the schools have been instructed to publish the final list of students on notice board."
Balasaheb Mane, education officer, west and south zone, said, "We are in the process of preparing RTE compliance reports of schools. These will be submitted to chief education officer of BMC who will compile the reports of all three zones. We will take stock of how many schools are complying with RTE norms and how many have successfully implemented the Act."
Implementing RTE
Starting April 20, all schools in north zone have been instructed to place advertisements wherever they can, announcing 25 per cent quota for EWS students.
Forms will be distributed on April 25, admission process will begin on May 29 and will go on till June 14, officials said

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