Saturday, February 8, 2014

BJP MLA slams state govt for RTE non-compliance

BJP MLA slams state govt for RTE non-compliance

RAIPUR: A BJP legislator and an opposition member on Thursday turned the heat on the Chhattisgarh government over the issue of prominent private schools subverting the Right to Education Act (RTE) to deny admission to poor and under-privileged students from their respective areas.

Raising the issue during the question hour, Amit Jogi (Congress) said 25% seats in all schools have to be reserved for under-privileged and poor students but most of the prominent schools are denying admission to them.

He said schools were fulfilling their legal obligation and the state government was not taking appropriate action against erring educational institutions. Jogi said a leading private school in the state capital gave admission to a poor student, residing in the vicinity of the educational institution, only after intervention of the high court.

"There are many other schools, which are denying admission to poor students on one pretext or the other," he said and sought to know from the government as to what action the government has taken against such institutions.In his reply, school education minister Kedar Kashyap said nearly 31,000 students have been admitted to different schools under the provisions of RTE as against the target of 35,000 admissions. However, Jogi maintained that the leading private schools are providing lip service as far as RTE is concerned and only about 4% admissions were being given to poor students.

Devji Bhai Patel (BJP), in another question, sought to know whether the government would issue advertisements in local newspapers announcing the number of seats available for poor students in each school in a particular district so that people can get their children admitted in schools close to their residence.

Both the legislators urged the government to establish a mechanism to make people aware about the RTE Act under which poor students can get admission in schools closer to their homes.

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