Saturday, January 25, 2014

Officials asks schools to follow RTE norm, warn of action


Officials asks schools to follow RTE norm, warn of action



MYSORE: The district administration is moving ahead to derecognize eight schools in the city which have not adhered to the Right to Education Act.

While it has issued notices to thirteen schools asking it to implement the provisions contained in the Act, eight schools have defied it against which action is contemplated. Mysore Zilla Panchayat CEO P A Gopal on Friday said that the district administration, which is empowered to derecognize the private 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 have that 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 the ZP and the department of public instruction has organised on Right to Education, Gopal said they had sent notices to thirteen schools that had failed to admit kids from economically weaker sections. 25 per cent of the seats should be reserved for the kids from economically weaker sections. But these schools had not adhered to it. Following the notices, five have said they will implement it from 2014-15. Action will be initiated against eight other schools, Gopal stated adding that they want to ensure the scheme is a success in the CM's native districts.

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 In case these schools don't allot seats as per the RTE, they will face action and their recognition will be withdrawn, he stated.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

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He said there are 456 schools in the district and 4,486 seats are available for the economically weaker sections to get enrolled in the private schools. This includes 2,240 seats in Class 1. Those whose annual income is less than Rs 3.5 lakh.

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