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RTE survey detects several violations by schools

RTE survey detects several violations by schools

Pavan M V, TNN Dec 25, 2013, 01.26AM IST

As authorities have drawn up a calendar for the implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act for 2014-15, a survey shows it was a flop show in Karnataka in the past two years. The root cause of the problem is that many private schools are not even aware of the rules.
The survey was conducted in nine districts by the RTE Task Force set up by the Karnataka Child Rights Observatory. Poor implementation has been the bane of the RTE Act. While nearly half the 25% seats reserved in private schools for the poor under the RTE Act remained unfilled during 2012-13, the first year of implementation, the next year it was more than one-third.
The survey covered 83 schools, including 14 aided, 33 unaided and 36 government schools. It found that 10 aided and 14 unaided schools did not provide even a single seat under the RTE quota in 2012-13, 24 were unaware of the basic rules, while the faculty of only 58 schools participated in RTE workshops conducted by the government.
The survey also detected several other violations. Three dozen schools did not form School Development and Monitoring Committees, while only a few held special training for dropouts who had returned to the classroom. Conducted over 15 days a few months ago, the survey found there is a shortage of teaching staff in 30 unaided and 24 aided schools. Half the schools didn't have ramps for physically challenged students.
Nagasimha G Rao, convener of the RTE Task Force, said teachers are exposed only to a section of RTE rules at workshops. "They have to be taught all the rules in detail. We have submitted our recommendations based on the survey findings to implement RTE effectively to the Child Rights Commission."
POOR PROGRESS
* In 2012-13, 59,000 of the 1.08 lakh seats under the RTE quota were vacant.
* In 2013-14, 37,000 seats remained unfilled.
* 27 schools didn't have compounds.
* Nine schools lacked separate toilets for girls.
* 23 schools didn't have good playgrounds.
* Drinking water in eight schools was not fit to drink.

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