Friday, January 24, 2014

Schools fail to comply with RTE norms

Schools fail to comply with RTE norms

Swati Shinde Gole, TNN Nov 20, 2013, 04.45AM IST

PUNE: Schools in the state are still struggling to comply with the 10 infrastructure guidelines they are mandated to meet as per the Right to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, the deadline for which was October-end.
As a result, the state directorate of primary education has not been able to prepare a status report on RTE compliance of schools in the state.
Earlier, a report on the infrastructure in schools was released in August at a stock-taking workshop held in the city for education officials in the state. As per the report, only 7,355 of the 67,718 government schools in the state had fulfilled all 10 infrastructure indicators laid down by the act. As many as 3,711 schools did not meet even half the norms.
State director of education Mahavir Mane said, "During this workshop, all schools were given three months' time to fulfil the infrastructure indicators. However, many schools have shown their inability to comply with the norms. All regional education officers were asked to prepare a status report by the end of October, but none of them have been able to do so as the schools were not ready."
When asked why the schools were taking so long to meet the indicators, Mane said, "Some of the schools were short of funds, while some have shown a lackadaisical attitude towards fulfilling the norms. We have, however, asked all regional education officers to take action against schools which do not abide by the rules. We will soon decide the course of action for schools that need additional funds."
A meeting of all the regional directors of education was conducted last week by Mane to sensitise them about urging schools to meet RTE norms and review the progress so far.
In September, district education officers collected data on RTE compliance from every school in their respective districts and submitted it to the state education department. The data was analysed by the education wing of the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef).
The 10 RTE indicators include facilities such as a headmaster's room, toilets, drinking water, playgrounds and kitchen sheds. The Unicef report said that many schools in the state did not have even five of the 10 provisions.

No comments:

Post a Comment