Written by Dipti Sonawala | Mumbai | July 19, 2013 04:15
The latest RTE Act compliance report of schools in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region reveals that only 11.48 per cent of the schools have all the 10 mandatory provisions specified by the Act
While officials in the school education department claim smooth implementation of RTE Act,the June 26,2013,compliance report shows that of the 1,428 private and government aided schools inspected by the department,only 164 are in 100 per cent compliance with the Act. In other words,even after three years of the law being implemented in Maharashtra,just about one in 10 schools meet all 10 criteria.
The education inspectors of south,west and north zones have issued notices to remaining schools which have failed to meet the criteria. We have issued notices to all those schools who have failed to meet these 10 criteria. However,if we compare it to the March 2013 report,schools have managed to comply with as many norms as they can out of the 10, said M B Kamble,assistant director of school education,Mumbai,and in-charge inspector of south zone.
Following the March 31 deadline for compliance,inspections were conducted in schools across the three zones.
Many schools in Mumbai do not have kitchen sheds on their premises. Most schools do not have a playground and proper boundary/compound walls. Some schools do not have ramps and others do not have a separate library, said T M Dongre,education inspector of north zone.
Kamble said,Lack of space is a big issue today. Many schools do not have playgrounds but are taking corporation and other private grounds on lease.
At the state level,too,the implementation is poor. The latest District Information System for Education (DISE) data,which took into account the 35 districts of Maharashtra,paints a sad picture. The provisional statistical data of DISE 2011-12 report states that only 59.05 per cent schools have a boundary wall. Only 29.24 per cent have kitchen sheds,while only 63.35 per cent schools have a playground. As per the DISE data,only 64.96 per cent secondary schools and 78.15 per cent primary schools have ramps for the disabled.
Budgetary allocations have been made for around 50,000 kitchen sheds. Officials are ensuring that schools implement the criteria as soon as possible, said Mahavir Mane,director of primary education.