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RTE: 26 private schools deny seats

RTE: 26 private schools deny seats

DC | 29th Aug 2013
Bengaluru: The latest data generated by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has revealed that in Bengaluru city, comprising three academic districts, 26 private schools have denied admissions to students from disadvantaged groups under the Right to Education (RTE) Act.
Interestingly, parents and students didn't opt for RTE seats in 352 city schools, citing poor academic environment. According to the data, out of 10,910 private unaided schools across the state, 72 have denied admissions under RTE this year. Among them 10 schools have moved court against the RTE clauses.
The State’s education department has directed all the Block Education Officers (BEOs) to act immediately to cancel the affiliation and recognition of those schools, which have denied admissions under the RTE provisions.
The highest number of complaints regarding denial of admissions under RTE clauses was reported from Bengaluru South academic district (15 schools). Belgaum district recorded nine complaints of denial of admission.
As per the report, across the state 1,849 private unaided schools had no takers even though free seats were available under the RTE. A DPI officer told this newspaper that this data reveals that when it comes to the infrastructure and academic environment the government schools are better than many of the private schools.
According to the DPI officials, RTE rules allow the Block Edu­cation Officials (BEOs) to cancel the recognition/ affiliation of schools denying admissions to underprivileged children.
"The rule is clear. We will soon start the process of issuing notices. Many schools have moved to high court against the various clauses of the state RTE rules," he added.
Nagasimha G Rao of RTE task force told this newspaper that cancelling the recognition of schools may create problems to existing students. "Before cancelling recognition the government should take all the precautionary steps. Instead of issuing letters of cancellations at BEO level, government should bring the issue to the notice of their affiliating bodies like CBSE," he said.

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