Saturday, January 25, 2014

Eight schools to face music for defying Right to Education norms

Eight schools to face music for defying Right to Education norms

MYSORE: The district administration has decided to de-recognize eight schools in the city for allegedly not adhering to the Right to Education (RTE) Act.

It had issued notices to 13 schools, asking them to implement the provisions of the Act. Now, it is contemplating action against eight schools for allegedly not falling in line. Mysore Zilla Panchayat CEO P A Gopal on Friday said that the district administration, which is empowered to de-recognize erring schools, is planning to initiate punitive action. Making known that it will go ahead to implement the provisions to ensure right to education, Gopal said: "Some of the schools which have not followed the rules are prestigious ones, which attract students from creamy layer of the society. Though they are well known, they don't follow the rules. It is sad."

Speaking at an open discussion on RTE organized by the ZP and the department of public instruction, Gopal said that they had sent notices to 13 schools which had failed to admit children from economically weaker sections. "About 25% of the seats should be reserved for poor children. But these schools have not adhered to the rule. Following the notices, five schools have said that they will implement it from 2014-15. Action will be initiated against the other either schools," Gopal stated, adding that they want to ensure the scheme is a success in the CM's native district.

According to DDPI H R Basappa, the DC-headed panel is following up the case seriously. "In case these schools don't allot seats as per the RTE Act, they will face action and their recognition will be withdrawn," he stated. If the schools are defiant and continue offering education to only a select few, they can be fined Rs 1 lakh, he stated.

He said that there are 456 schools in the district, and 4,486 seats are available for poor children in private schools. This includes 2,240 seats in Class 1. Those whose annual income is less than Rs 3.5 lakh can apply for seats under RTE. The seats will be allotted in nearby schools. The applications are available at block education offices (BEOs), and February 8 is the last date to apply, the DDPI added.

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