Saturday, March 8, 2014

Date for RTE registrati​on might extend to Nov 31

RANCHI: District superintendents of education (DSEs) of all the 24 districts of the state have asked the human resource development department and State Commission for Protection of Child Rights to extend the date of registration of private schools under Right to Education (RTE) in a meeting between officials of HRD department, SCPCR and DSEs on Saturday.

Member of SCPCR, Ranjana Kumari said, "March 31 2013 was the deadline for implementation of RTE Act, 2009 across the country. The Act says that if the private schools fail to register themselves with DSE office they would be fined Rs. 1 lakh and after that Rs.10,000 per day till the schools do not register themselves."

She added, "There are 626 private schools in Ranchi district alone out of which only 430 have applied for registration under RTE. The date was further extended to June 31 but as the schools have yet not applied for registration. The DSEs are demanding extension of the date to November 31. We will discuss the matter in another meeting and then come to a final conclusion."

Mid day meal was another major topic of discussion at the meeting. Due to lack of proper channelizing of funds, there used to be a gap of few days or even weeks in the preparation of mid day meals at various schools in rural r Jharkhand. Director of primary education, Mamta said, "We have spoken to the DSEs and they have assured that from now onwards the problem will not occur because they will channelize the funds a month in advance."

She added, "The withdrawal of primary teachers from the work of monitoring mid day meal will also not affect the students as from now on school management committee will directly monitor the MDM instead of primary teachers."

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