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61% private schools in district trip on RTE infra norms

61% private schools in district trip on RTE infra norms

Piyush Bhusari, TNN Nov 21, 2013, 01.01AM IST
KOLHAPUR: Most schools in the district are struggling to comply with the 10 infrastructure guidelines they are supposed to meet according to the Right to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act.
The Kolhapur zilla parishad had set October 31 as the deadline for the schools in the district to meet the guidelines. But according to a report on the private schools available with the zilla parishad's primary education department, only 38.91% schools have so far met the norms.
According to the report, the district has as many as 280 aided as well as non-aided private primary schools, which only 109 schools have fulfilled the infrastructure guidelines such as headmaster's room, toilets, drinking water, playgrounds and kitchen sheds.
A zilla parishad official said most schools were lagging in ensuring facilities such as kitchen sheds and playgrounds.
"Most private schools lack the space for the kitchen shed and playground. The education department however had suggested an option of finding an alternative open space near the school to be used as playground and centralized kitchen shed," the official added.
The directorate of the primary education had set a deadline of December 31 for all the schools across the state to comply with the norms. District primary education officer Smita Gaud, she could not be reached despite several attempts.
On the other hand, the admission process to fill 25% seats reserved for students from economically backward families under the RTE Act will now begin from June when schools reopen for the new academic year and no common admission schedule will be announced, as was the practice last year. The admission system will go online and be centralized to ensure every applicant gets admission.
Deputy education director (Kolhapur division) V B Paymal said, "Kolhapur division recorded 55% admission under RTE this year. In fact, regions Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri recorded lowest admission at 41% and 47%, respectively. The division is relatively prosperous and has very few beneficiaries under RTE as against those in Marathwada and Vidarbha."

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