Thursday, January 23, 2014

Private schools toe the RTE line in Madurai

Private schools toe the RTE line in Madurai

TNN Jun 19, 2013, 01.06AM IST
MADURAI: Strict implementation of Right To Education (RTE) Act in Madurai district has started yielding results. The number of students who secured admission in private matriculation schools under the RTE quota has been increasing in the last ten days. District administration's efforts to make the private school management's conform to the RTE norms has borne fruit as per their RTE status reports filed by them. Reports from seven schools are awaited.
The Act provides for free and compulsory education for children between 6 and 14. The revolutionary Act requires all private schools to reserve 25% of seats to children from the neighbourhood.
Barely 10 days ago, were only 300 RTE quota seats filled by private matriculation schools in Madurai district. Now, the figure has crossed 1,000 after intensive measures from both education department and district administration. "We conducted meetings with the representatives of the school management and sent a strong message with regard to the implementation of RTE Act to them. The achievement is the result of that. The results we are getting are what we intended for," Anshul Mishra, Madurai district collector, said.
The information available with the education department says that Madurai district has 186 private matriculation schools. Of them, 29 schools are exempted from the Act as they are run by minority institutions. Five schools have stopped functioning due to some reasons and one among the 186 schools is a residential one. The remaining 151 schools are falling under the ambit of RTE. It is mandatory for them to earmark 25% of their total seats at the beginning level class.
Talking about the progress K Vijayarani, inspector of matriculation schools, said that majority of the schools have started cooperating with the education department. "We have been conducting regular inspection in several schools to ensure they provide admission to the students under the RTE quota. In the last 10 days several schools have started intensively admitting students under the Act. As many as 69 schools had not submitted their status report barely 10 days ago. Now, except a few schools all the schools have filed their report. We have also sent communication to all the schools to enforce the Act," she said.
Education department officials say that they have asked the private matriculation schools to increase the intake of children under the RTE Act in the next two weeks also. The officials are very positive on filling the maximum number of seats in the schools within the time. Under the Act, the schools cannot fill the RTE vacancies with those not eligible under it. If all the seats have not been filled the remaining should be kept vacant, they said.

No comments:

Post a Comment