Saturday, March 8, 2014

Zilla parishad asks block development officers for RTE status in talukas

KOLHAPUR: Kolhapur zilla parishad (ZP) will organize a weeklong Right to Education (RTE) Act camp at the Rajaram High School from September 26. All the 12 block development officers (BDOs) have been asked to attend the camp, with details of the 10 infrastructure norms specified in the Act in their respective taluka schools.

"Only 357 out of the 3,545 schools in the district have been found complying with the 10 norms. The remaining schools need to fulfill the criteria at the earliest. School authorities were found to be ignoring the requisition and we will assess the situation at the RTE camp," Smita Gaud, district primary education officer, told TOI on Saturday. The figures indicate that 90% of the schools in the district are yet to achieve the RTE infrastructure norms.

"The union ministry of human resources and development had set a deadline of March 31 2013 for fulfilling the criteria, but the response has been very poor in the state," Gaud said.

In September, the state government had directed all district education officers to form high-powered committees under the chairmanship of district collectors for effective implementation of the RTE Act. It has set December 31 as the deadline for achieving 100% compliance with the Act's norms across the state.

The ZP office had issued notices to 398 private schools for their failure to implement the RTE Act. The department has asked the schools to prepare an action plan to implement the Act and has also warned of strict action if they fail to comply with the notice after October 31.

"Though the deadline has now been set to December 31, we would like to initiate the assessment from November itself. Already, 398 schools with poor norm achievement have been issued notices and a deadline of October 31 has been issued to them. It will give us a clear picture of the RTE work in progress in the district," said Gaud.

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