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Education department to revamp Steel City RTE cell

Education department to revamp Steel City RTE cell

TNN Jan 8, 2014, 11.13AM IST

JAMSHEDPUR: The district office of the education department has decided to reconstitute the Right To Education (RTE) cell that will deal with anomalies in admission process as per RTE Act, 2008.
Admission to the elementary level, for 2014-15 academic session, in private English medium schools will begin soon and the revamped RTE cell will make sure that these institutes do justice to economically backward candidates.
"The revamped RTE cell will be mandated to take up grievances of parents in a comprehensive manner and ensure that (economically weak) candidates avail of compulsory education free of cost as mandated under RTE Act of 2009," said a senior official in the district education office.
Sources in the education department said in the wake of ineffective handling of admission of BPL students, the department has decided to reconstitute the cell. "RTE cell should have been more effective in terms of dealing with private English medium schools in ensuring admission of maximum number of BPL candidates if not cent per cent," said an official without giving name. Many parents' organizations in Jamshedpur said private schools here are opposed to admitting poor candidates and violate RTE Act. "Had the (present) RTE cell been proactive in ensuring admission to BPL candidates then I suppose many deserving candidates would have been benefited from the 25% reservation guideline of the RTE Act," said Umesh Kumar, an RTE activist.
When approached, the principal of a leading missionary school in the town said on condition of anonymity that many private English medium schools are unwilling to welcome BPL candidates because of the persistent delay in releasing government funds to schools.
"The fact is barring a few, all schools are adamant on seeking funds from the government at every cost and so come up with one excuse or the other to delay admission of BPL candidates," said the principal.

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