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1,849 schools may lose recognition

1,849 schools may lose recognition

Published: 30th August 2013 09:41 AM
Last Updated: 30th August 2013 09:41 AM
As many as 1,849 unaided schools in the state are staring at the prospect of losing recognition as the state government is taking them to task for not implementing provisions of the Right to Education (RTE) Act this year.
These schools, according to a circular issued by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI), did not receive applications from parents seeking seats under the 25 per cent quota for disadvantaged children.  Commissioner for Public Instruction, Mohammad Mohsin, told Express that notices have been issued to schools as per Section 18 of the RTE Act, before withdrawal of recognition.
“As per the Act, we have to take action against schools that have not implemented the RTE. When the government is allocating so much funds, schools are naturally obliged to comply,” Mohsin said.
The Department has identified 43 schools in the state that have violated provisions under Section 12(1)(c) that deals with the 25 per cent quota. Another 10 schools in the state have not implemented the RTE as they have moved court and 22 others for ‘other’ reasons. “Legal action should be taken against the 43 schools through district-level education regulation authorities. Steps will be taken to strengthen our case against schools in the court. Action will be taken against 22 schools after identifying the exact reasons,” the circular stated.
Based on the information provided by Deputy Directors of Public Instruction (DDPI), of the 1,849 schools, 198 were found lacking basic infrastructure, 799 were found not providing quality education and 852 schools did not have both. This includes 352 unaided schools identified in Bangalore (North, South and Rural).
K Padmavati, the DDPI of Bangalore South, which has 217 schools facing derecognition, said action will first be taken against 15 schools for rejecting RTE applications. When asked about the fate of children already enrolled, she said, “If these schools are shut down, we will ensure that children are accommodated in nearby schools.”
According to the circular, the recognition of schools that fail to fulfill the norms as prescribed will be withdrawn as per Section 19 of the RTE Act, along with the prescribed penalty under Section 18, which is a fine of `1 lakh.

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