Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Private schools oppose education department's orders

Private schools oppose education department's orders

TNN Feb 1, 2014, 12.37AM IST

JAIPUR: Private schools in Rajasthan have objected to the education department's order asking them to admit students under Right to Education Act (RTE) at two levels - pre-primary and standard I. The private schools have termed the order as gross violation of RTE Act which asks schools to admit students under RTE at only entry level.
The state has over 37,000 private schools and most of them are running from pre-primary level. "The government has not understood the difference between entry class and direct admission as per Section 12-1C of RTE mandates for 25% admission in class I or pre-primary class only," said Damodar Goyal, president of Society for Private Unaided Schools in Rajasthan.
Goyal accused the state education department of copying the order of Madhya Pradesh education department which was challenged by the private schools in the MP high court which stayed the order. Private schools have asked the government to roll back its decision or face legal action in the court.
The government explains that the move came after they received complaints that many schools in order to escape from the RTE provision of admitting 25% students have lowered the entry level. "Many schools which have intake of 150+ students in class I as entry level have been found to create pre-primary class as entry level and are admitting a total of 20-30 students. So actually they are admitting 7-8 students under this Act against the 45-50," explained a government official.
The parents' association has welcomed the move and expressed that this order will create more seats for underprivileged students in the schools. "Schools shouldn't oppose this move as they will be getting fixed reimbursement from the government on each child," said the association.

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