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Dist edu officers told to conduct awareness drive on RTE Act

Dist edu officers told to conduct awareness drive on RTE Act

Wednesday, 03 April 2013 | MANOJ KUMAR | DEHRADUN | in Dehradun

The district education officers might find it difficult to enrol children belonging to weaker sections of society in public schools under section 12 (1) (c) of Right to Education Act as admissions in most public schools have been completed. Moreover, in order to enrol 25 children belonging to financially weaker sections under the RTE Act, all the district education officers have been directed to enrol 50 per cent of total allocated seats in the unaided schools by April 15, said Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) State project additional director RK Kunwar while talking to The Pioneer.
Some public school officials said that the admission process in their schools has been completed. Students are enrolled as per available resources in their school. The new academic session has begun from Monday and no one can be enrolled in these schools now.
Scholar’s Home School Principal Chhaya Khanna said that admission process in her school was completed recently and children belonging to financially weaker sections who applied for admission were enrolled.
Kunwar said that a total of 17,255 out of 24,155 total sanctioned seats under RTE Act for 2012-13 were filled by enrolling these children in the State. He expressed disappointment at districts’ reports on children’s enrolment and said that to achieve hundred per cent enrolment of these children in the government unaided schools, all the district education officers have been directed to enrol 50 per cent of their allocated seats by April 15.
The education officials have been directed to conduct pubic awareness campaign on RTE Act in the area of their jurisdiction. Kunwar said that funds for providing tuition fees of the enrolled children in public schools have been approved by the Government and will soon be released to the districts.
According to him, a total of 24,155 seats under RTE Act has been sanctioned for 2013-14 for these children in 3,693 government unaided schools. In Dehradun district, 4,389 seats have been reserved for these children in 730 public schools, 2,516 seats in Haridwar and 6,071 in Udham Singh Nagar. 

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