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Private schools scout for right to education recruits

Private schools scout for right to education recruits

TNN Jun 19, 2013, 01.02AM IST

MADURAI: The intensive efforts of the Madurai district administration to enforce the Right To Education (RTE Act) has forced the management of private schools, especially medium-sized private matriculation schools, to look around for students. A few schools have already started door-to-door campaign in their locality searching for students for the entry-level classes.
However, it is not easy to spot the right candidates, meeting the parameters of the RTE Act. Efforts of several schools in Madurai are yet to pay off. "It is a good thing that district administration is enforcing the Act. But schools like us do not find parents seeking admission under the Act. We have even sent our teachers to conduct door-to-door campaign. They could manage to bring only four students. Although, we are ready to provide admission to the students we do not find the right students," said Sidharth Jaganathan, correspondent of Sidhu Matriculation School, Madurai.
"We are caught in between the enforcement from the authorities and poor number of students seeking admission under the Act. We have sent our teachers in search of students by explaining the features of act. But we could not find the required number of students," said correspondent of another school requesting anonymity.
Although awareness among the parents on RTE Act, is high they are not willing to admit their children in private matriculation schools. They fear that their children may develop inferiority complex while studying with students from better-off families. Although, the school fees would be paid by the government, the parents have no clarity on the other fees including transport, stationery and uniforms. This may discourage the parents from approaching the private schools," said C Abilash, secretary, private school association, Madurai.
Ironically, corporation schools in Madurai are at an advantage. The infrastructure facility in civic schools is better than what some small private schools offer. Moreover, the government provides uniform, textbook, stationery, school bag, lunch, cycle and laptop for free for students attending civic schools. Parents, who are attracted towards such freebies, hesitate to admit their children in private matriculation schools, the private school correspondents say.

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