Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Action against 1,404 schools for flouting RTE norms

Action against 1,404 schools for flouting RTE norms


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AURANGABAD: The state directorate of education (primary) plans to take action against 1,404 schools across the state for non-compliance with the provisions of the Right to Education (RTE) Act.

The Pune-headquartered directorate, in an affidavit filed in the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay high court, said these schools were prima facie guilty of enrolling bogus students or making bogus admissions. The directorate said it would publish a public notice on its website informing parents, teachers and all concerned against taking admissions in such schools.

The affidavit was submitted in response to a public interest litigation in the matter that came up for hearing before the HC bench on February 14. Following the arguments, the bench comprising Justice S C Dharmadhikari and Justice Ravindra Ghuge placed the next hearing on the petition for March 18.

The affidavit states that the District Information System of Education (DISE) data for the academic year 2013-14, prepared by a statutory body, indicates that there are 1,02,539 schools in the state imparting education from Class I to XII. The RTE Act is applicable to primary education — from Class I to VIII.

The affidavit further states that proceedings would be initiated against the managements, teachers and staff of the erring schools. The directorate also plans to publish a notice in leading newspapers warning parents and all concerned that since action has been proposed against these schools, students may not be admitted there in the ensuing academic session.

The directorate has assured the court that the requisite notice would be issued on the website within one week and that the public notices would be prepared and published within three weeks. Part of the process includes the government taking over the management of these schools and transferring students to other schools.

The court directed that these schools should not continue to enroll more students and appoint teachers and non-teaching staff. They would also not continue to get aid or grant from the state.

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