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Cuttack ready to Act on RTE quota

Cuttack ready to Act on RTE quota

Binita Jaiswal, TNN Apr 20, 2013, 12.48AM IST

CUTTACK: The district administration has taken initiative to ensure proper implementation of the rule reserving 25% seats in private schools for children belonging to economically-backward sections under the Right to Education (RTE) Act.
The administration had conducted a survey in the district and prepared database of the children, who are eligible to get benefit under the rule. Till now 8,200 such children have been identified in the district and private schools in respective areas have been given a list of the eligible students so that the students will not face problems while getting admission, official sources said.
"There are around 84 private schools in the district, including Odia and English medium, and we have provided them a list of eligible children under the catchment area. Till now, 500 children have been admitted to different private schools and we are monitoring the situation very closely," said district project coordinator of Sarva Siksha Abhiyan Bijay Rath.
"The state government has decided to implement the RTE Act from this year and accordingly we have taken measures to ensure that the rule is implemented in letter and spirit. We have issued direction to private schools that if any irregularities or violation are found, then appropriate action will be taken against them. However, till now we have not received any complaint against any private school," said collector (Cuttack) Girish S N. He further added that the database was prepared with an aim to ensure that the private schools cannot deny admission to eligible students citing that they don't belong to their catchment areas.
The district officials are also convincing poor parents to admit their children in private schools. "Many poor parents are not willing to get their children admitted to private schools as they feel that their wards will be deprived of government benefits like midday meal, free textbooks and free school uniforms. But we are convincing them that they will get similar benefits in private school too," said a district official. However, the private schools are not happy over the rule. "The state government is yet to decide how much fees of the poor students, admitted against the 25% quota, will be reimbursed and how it will be done. In such circumstances, it is quite difficult to implement the rule," said principal of a school on condition of anonymity.
Admn decides against hiking FAR for pvt schools
Vinod Kumar, Hindustan Times
Chandigarh , April 26, 2013
First Published: 11:06 IST(26/4/2013)
Last Updated: 11:08 IST(26/4/2013)
The administration has decided not to enhance the floor area ratio (FAR) of the city's private schools, until the latter implement the Right to Education (RTE) Act in letter and spirit.
The fresh move, which the private schools termed as administration's “U-turn” from its earlier
decision to increase FAR has anguished them. They held that all private schools face space crunch and they cannot deliver quality education until required space is provided to them. There are over 100 private schools in different parts of the city. Schools and administration have been at loggerheads over the implementation of the RTE Act. Recently, the private schools had refused to admit students under the economically weaker section (EWS) quota after the administration reportedly failed to reimburse the expenditure incurred on such students by private schools for 2010-11 and 2011-12. The administration wants schools to implement the 25% EWS quota under the RTE Act.
FAR NOT REVISED FOR LONGOver the years, the Independent Schools' Association (ISA) had given numerous representations to the administration demanding an increase in FAR and ground coverage, which has not been revised since long.
According to sources, to enable private schools enhance their capacity to accommodate more students and provide better facilities to them, the authorities had agreed in principle to increase FAR and ground coverage. On request of private schools, the administration was also considering allowing setting up hostels in more private schools. However, after the recent showdown with private schools over implementation of the RTE Act, the administration had decided to increase FAR only after private schools implement the act in toto.
UT finance-cum-education secretary VK Singh said, “The private schools have been demanding enhancement of FAR in order to have more space for accommodating more students under RTE. How can we enhance the FAR when they are not implementing RTE Act?”
To meet the requirements of schools in current times, the ISA had urged the administration to increase FAR from 0.5 to .75 and allowing them to cover 25% of the ground area from the earlier 15%. The FAR for private schools in Panchkula and SAS Nagar is 1.
SCHOOLS' BODY FLAYS ADMNISA president HS Mamik said the RTE Act has not been implemented due to shortcoming on part of the authorities concerned. “We admitted students under the EWS quota, but the administration is yet to reimburse the amount spent on students between 2010 and 2012,” said Mamik. He added that increase in FAR is the need to the hour.
What is FLOOR AREA RATIO (FAR)FAR is the ratio of the total floor area of a building to the area of land it is built upon
For private schools in UT                                                                       0.5
In Panchkula and SAS Nagar                                                                  1
Schools' body has urged the administration to increase FAR to               0.75

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