Sunday, March 16, 2014

Govt reserve 10k seats for admission under RTE Act

AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat government has earmarked 10,000 seats in schools across the state as reserved for children from backward socio-economic background under the Right to Education Act. In Ahmedabad, 100 such students have made application to get admission in the city's private schools.

What's more, the schools have been asked to maintain a record of any complaints made by the parents of children seeking admission under the RTE Act. This register will be reviewed by the district education officer (DEO) regularly and the complaints will be addressed. If the school is found failing in maintaining this register and or the complaint not being addressed, action will be taken not only against the school but also the concerned DEO.

The government has also decided to reserve 500 seats in each district for poor students who wish to seek admission in a private school under the RTE.

Experts, however, say that apart from reserving seats, the officials should also make active effort to help locate poor students and enable them to take admission as most parents are not aware and lack the confidence to approach the government offices.

"Last year only 100 students had taken admission under the RTE against the 3,000 seats reserved for children from poor background. Activation of the act on the ground is extremely important," said an educator.

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