Tuesday, February 4, 2014

English schools flout RTE,deny BPL students seats

English schools flout RTE,deny BPL students seats

B Sridhar, TNN Feb 1, 2014, 11.21AM IST

JAMSHEDPUR: Private English medium schools don't seem to have taken the directive of the district administration serioulsy. Despite repeated orders, they remain reluctant to admit below poverty line candidates as mandated in the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2008 of the Union government.
If the recent developments are any indication, the Private Unaided English Medium schools are only looking for pretexts to deny admission to the candidates deserving seats in concurrence with the 25% seat reservation mandated in the Act.
"Since I don't have a BPL card, I got an income certificate approved by the Circle office (as an alternative document confirming the BPL status), to corroborate the claim for free admission in the BPL quota. But the school concerned is now asking me to get it signed by the district education superintendent's office," groused 47-year-old Moti Parmanik, a rickshaw puller, who is seeking admission of his child in nursery. Pramanik is among a growing tribe of people belonging to the BPL category, who have been subjected to habituual injustice.
When approached, the district education office maintained that it is pursuing the cause of the BPL candidates and has made it amply clear to English medium schools to ensure admission to BPL candidates.
"Instructions to all the schools are clear. Schools need to admit deserving candidates in the 25% reserved seats as mandated in the RTE Act," said a senior official in the district education office.
If sources are to be believed, each of the 40-odd private English schools have not yet filled even 10% of the reserved seats.
"The discouraging approach of the state government that has not yet settled the fund assistance issue with schools is to be blamed for this," said a functionary of the Private Unaided Schools Association.
He said the state is unwilling to come on a par with Delhi and Gujarat where per child fund assistance to the school is Rs 10,000 annually. Citing funds crunch, the state is insisting on schools shelling out Rs 5100.

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