RTE Workshop for NGOs in Tamil Nadu

 

The Right to Education Act 2009 mandates that all private unaided schools have to reserve 25% seats for the children from disadvantaged or economically weaker sections from the neighborhood. Their complete education is free and the admission happens only at class LKG. Unfortunately the people who can benefit from this are unaware of the RTE Act or the procedure.

Bhumi is organising this workshop specifically for NGOs in order to spread awareness widely about RTE act and procedure for RTE admissions in private schools across Tamil Nadu

Join us to spread awareness across Tamil Nadu slums and make a lasting poverty alleviating impact on their lives. This is a life transforming opportunity for every child.

This workshop is free and open to all NGOs from all over Tamil Nadu. We have two slots, please check below.

Date – April 1 (Sunday) & April 5 (Thursday), 2018
Time – 10 a.m to 1 p.m
Venue – Bhumi Office, 3/2 Karpaga Vinayagar Koil Street, Alandur, Chennai | Map

For doubts / clarifications, Contact – 9952038216

RTE reimbursement goes down; leaves Rajasthan private schools jittery

JAIPUR: Private schools in Rajasthan have raised objection to the sharp decline in reimbursement on account of admissions under the Right to Education. Rajasthan is the only state in the country which has slashed the RTE reimbursement per unit twice in the last two years. Per student reimbursement has been slashed from Rs 17,500 in 2015-16 to Rs 13,945 in 2017-18 leaving the private schools jittery. The per unit expenditure in 2016-17 was Rs 15,029.
The reimbursement for RTE is similar to the cost spent by the state on students enrolled in its schools. The expenditure is calculated by dividing the total expenditure spent on students from class I to VIII. The expenditure is calculated on the basis of salaries paid to teachers, grant for facilities to schools up to upper primary and cost on books.

Damodar Goyal, president of Society for Private Unaided Schools in Rajasthan says that the clear impact of the slash will leave schools with no choice but to increase the fees. “Schools have no choice to fill the financial burden from the remaining students or non-RTE students. The cost of every single article in the country is rising so the expenditure per child by the private schools is rising,” said Goyal.
A private school requesting anonymity says that even if they don’t count a single penny on anything other than the salaries of their teachers their expenditure shot by 5% to 8%. “As every hardworking employee expects a reward in terms of annual increment so the teachers and staff expect the same. The reimbursement which we receive does not make even 20% of the annual fee we charge,” said a principal of a private school.
Explaining the reduction in reimbursement, a government official explains that the state has added around 18 lakh students in last 3 years with rationalization of teachers and closing down of several hundred schools has reduced the per child expenditure. “The correction in per unit cost to continue for couple of more years before the cost will rise,” said a government official.

The state has highest number of students admitted under the RTE. The cumulative figure is around 7 lakh students across the state. State pays reimbursement in two instalments to private schools after several rounds of verification of students.

Source: The Times of India

Maharashtra: Less than one-third registrations for RTE quota admissions, deadline extended

The boycott of RTE admissions by private school managements is beginning to show its effect with the number of vacancies available for the coming academic year recording a sharp decline. In fact, the number of school registrations for EWS quota admissions is so low that the state government had to extend the deadline for registrations from January 20 to 25, raising questions over the availability of RTE EWS quota seats for the coming academic year.

State government officials insist the extension in deadline is “routine” and there is nothing special about it but a look at the numbers proves the claims otherwise and the extension of deadline does appear like the state government coming under pressure.

School managements have been demanding that the pending dues for RTE reimbursements of previous years be cleared before fresh admissions are given. Though the state government sanctioned Rs 100 crore recently, the school managements claim the government owes them close to Rs 800 crore and they won’t give any RTE admissions till the arrears are cleared.

In Pune district, for example, where last year 15,693 vacant seats were available for EWS admissions in over 600 schools, this year the number so far is less than half. As of January 22 evening, nearly 12 days after the RTE registration process started for schools and two days beyond the initial deadline, only 325 schools had registered and the total number of RTE seats stood at 6,196. In some districts, the situation is worse as school registration numbers are in single digits. Like Solapur, where only one school has registered and total vacancies are only 12 seats, or Nanded, where five schools signed up and the entire district has 49 RTE EWS seats to offer so far. In Mumbai, the situation is bleak too where 21 schools have registered and only 421 seats available. This, despite the state government warning of dire consequences if schools do not complete the registration process for RTE admissions.

School managements, for their part, have come together to fight against what they term the government’s high-handedness. Rajendra Singh, secretary, Independent English Schools Association (IESA), said schools are aware of the government threats, including de-recognition, but they would not give in. “We have a meeting of all school associations in Mumbai where we will make further announcements,” he said.

Sharad Gosavi, deputy director (primary education), said schools have no choice but to register. “The GR issued by the state government is very clear that those schools which are eligible for EWS quota seats under RTE and were a part of the process last year will have to register themselves. The registration process is only for schools to specify their entry point, which is Class I or pre-primary, and seats. Even if they don’t register themselves, the state government will find a resolution to this situation. But under no circumstance will it be that this year’s RTE seats are lesser than last year,” he said.

Source: The Indian Express

Karnataka: From next year, aided schools need to reserve seats under RTE quota

From the 2018-2019 academic year, even aided schools will have to provide reservation for students from weaker sections in their neighbourhoods.

The State government issued an order on Tuesday on the procedure to be followed for the admission process under RTE quota. This is the first time that aided schools will provide reservation. Hitherto, only unaided schools were providing 25% of their seats under the quota.

The Government Order states that as per Section 12 (1) (b) of the RTE Act, aided schools would have to provide free and compulsory elementary education to the children admitted based on the annual recurring aid or grants, subject to a minimum of 25%. The order also states that unaided sections in aided schools should also follow the rule but would be reimbursed for it. The rest of the criteria and process of admission are the same as what was followed in 2017-18. Also, it is compulsory that the child and one of the parents have Aadhaar card.

Source: The Hindu

Maharashtra – RTE admission crisis: Education department blinks first, extends registration deadline to buy time

NAGPUR: To tide over the current RTE admission boycott crisis, Maharashtra’s education department has extended the deadline for schools to register online till January 25. The original deadline of Saturday became untenable after approximately 3,000 private unaided schools decided to stay away from the RTE admission process because of non-payment of dues. While deadlines have been extended in previous years as well, given this year’s stand-off between school associations and education department, the latest deadline extension is seen as the government coming under pressure.
School associations are refraining from officially commenting on the education department’s deadline extension and claiming a moral victory, as they do not want to “antagonize” the already strained relationship. A local school trustee, said, “The ball is now in the government’s court. We have made our stand clear and we can’t be reacting for every action they take. The deadline extension is clearly a case of them blinking first but still it is not a statement. Maybe they are willing to talk to us, maybe they are hoping to drive a wedge between us by luring some schools to the other side. It’s better for us to keep quiet for now and wait for something concrete to happen.”

Various school associations have now come together under a common federation to put up a united face. Rajendra Singh, secretary of Independent English Schools Association (IESA), said, “On January 27, we will be addressing a press conference in Mumbai in which other association members will also be there.”
While the schools have adopted a wait and watch policy, the education department is trying the micro-management strategy. Dipendra Lokhande, district’s education officer, said, “There are 253 schools in Nagpur district that have not registered for RTE yet, and the admission process cannot move ahead till every single school submits the form online. We will now be asking our officials to follow up with individual schools under their area and get the process moving.”
But even Lokhande admits that as of now his officials can only ‘request’ and not take any action. “Action against schools is a decision that has to be taken at the state-level. I will follow whatever orders come from superiors. For now, we will just speak with principals and see that they do not face any problems while registering,” said Lokhande.
Now all eyes will be on January 27 when all school associations are planning to address a joint press conference. Though deadline for registration in January 25 midnight, the government won’t take any immediate action against schools with the next day being a public holiday. Another school trustee, who manages a multi-branch institute, said, “After one week, only two things will happen. Either school associations back down after accepting some written assurance from state government, or all hell breaks loose with the education department initiating strong action like derecognition of schools.”

Source: The Times of India

Maharashtra: 23 CBSE schools decide to boycott RTE admissions due to non-payment of dues by Maha govt

23 CBSE schools from Nagpur have decided to boycott the RTE (Right To Education) admission process for 2018-19 academic session because of non-payment of dues by the Maharashtra government. These 23 schools came under the banner of a newly formed organization called Nagpur CBSE Private School Management Association and have written to the Deputy Director of Education making it clear that they won’t be registering their schools online for RTE. So far, the education department has not reacted as the deadline for RTE registration ends on Saturday midnight.

The letter signed by association chairperson, Neeru Kapai, has made it clear that unless and until all RTE dues are cleared, their member schools won’t be admitting any students. Kapai is co-founder of Modern School which has two branches with almost 5,000 students.

Another organization which has both CBSE and state board schools as its members, will be taking a final call on RTE admission boycott on Saturday. Independent English Schools Association (IESA) executive body will be meeting in Nagpur where its member-schools from eastern Maharashtra will decide on boycotting RTE registrations. Rajendra Dayma, vice-president of IESA, said, “Already in Jalna district we have boycotted the process and hope that schools in Nagpur too take a similar call. IESA has also approached the Aurangabad bench of Bombay High Court over non-payment of RTE dues by state government.”

As per the RTE Act, private unaided (non-minority) schools reserve 25% of their seats for free admissions to students selected by respective state governments under RTE norms. In lieu of these free admissions, schools receive a fixed amount per year, per child. For academic session 2017-18 this fee was approximately Rs.17,000 per child. However, payments by the government have been sporadic with many getting part payments hardly 30% of their total dues.

Since RTE lottery and student selection process is online, schools have to register on the education department portal giving details of the seat availability. This registration had to be completed by midnight of January 20 in Nagpur. With the 23 schools already deciding to pull out, and chances of dozen or more members of IESA doing the same, it remains to be seen how the education department will handle the crisis.

Source: The Times of India

Karnataka: No change in RTE entry process in coming academic year

Bringing relief to parents pinning their hopes on getting their children admitted in private, unaided schools under the Right to Education (RTE) quota in the coming academic year, Primary and Secondary Education Minister Tanveer Sait has shot down the Education Department’s proposal to tweak the norms governing the RTE admission process.

Earlier this month, Shalini Rajneesh, Principal Secretary of the department, proposed that students applying for RTE quota seats be admitted to government or aided schools in their neighbourhoods, and to private schools only if there are no government or aided schools in the vicinity.

On January 12, Mr. Sait rejected the proposal citing the need for the State rules under the RTE Act, 2009 to be amended before making any changes to the admission process. He said the proposed amendments need to be placed before the Cabinet for approval, and then in both Houses of the State legislature. As the process will take time, in the coming year the process followed in the past years should be retained, he said.

However, he said, the question of tweaking the Act can be considered based on the Kerala model after taking inputs from different stakeholders.

The move to amend the Act has come under criticism as most wards in the city have a government and aided school, and changing the rules would mean that chances of a child getting admission under the RTE quota in a private school will be ruled out. Sources also suggested that the State government did not want to introduce these changes in an election year.

However, another section of experts had batted for the proposed amendments believing they may help channelise funds — currently being spent on reimbursement for seats in private unaided schools — to government schools. In the 2017-2018 academic year alone, the State government is estimated to spent close to ₹350 crore on reimbursement.

Source: The Hindu

Chandigarh: Economically weaker section admissions likely to be delayed again

The economically weaker section (EWS) admissions in the city might be delayed again this year with the UT education department yet to get clarity on percentage of seats to be reserved by private schools under land allotment scheme and under the Right to Education Act.
Department had last week claimed that the issue will be clarified that week but even as submission came to an end on Monday, the situation remained the same as it was in December last year.
When contacted ,the director school education (DSE), who was in Delhi for a meeting on Monday told TOI, “It is under active consideration.”
With no clarity from the estate office so far on the percentage of seats to be reserved by the private schools under EWS, and the description of nominal fees, the admissions under the EWS quota is likely to suffer further as dates are expected to be extended further if things are not clarified within a week. This issue has been hanging fire from the past seven years.
On December 5, the education secretary, UT Chandigarh, B L Sharma and Independent Schools Association held a meeting with assistant estate officer Amit Talwar to seek clarity on percentage of seats to be reserved by private minority and non-minority schools in Chandigarh under the land allotment scheme. However, they could arrive to no conclusion.
Thereafter, the education department had written to the estate office asking them to clarify on the percentage of seats. Under Right to Education Act, schools have to reserve 25% seats for EWS students. This 25% is inclusive of seats to be reserved under land allotment scheme. For seats under RTE Act, the education department pays the reimbursement. However, no reimbursement is given for seats reserved under land allotment scheme.
On the other hand private schools have closed the form submission on Monday.
Seats to be offered
As per the data gathered by the UT education department in the academic year 2018-19, private schools will be offering 710 seats to students from economically weaker section under Right to Education Act in 49 schools.
What’s the issue?
The notifications served to the schools under Law of Land 1996, 2001 and 2005 states that the schools have to reserve some percentage of seats for the economically weaker section and disadvantaged groups. The percentage differs for different schools. But in December 2016, the education department fixed it at 15% for all private schools, which did not go down well with the schools.

Source: The Times of India

Delhi Nursery admissions: EWS admissions from January 22

The Directorate of Education (DoE) on Wednesday released the guidelines for nursery admission to private unaided recognised schools under the Economically Weaker Section (EWS)/Disadvantaged Group (DG) category. The admission process will be done through computerised lottery system against the 25 per cent seats reserved for them as per the Right to Education Act (RTE), 2009.

All the private schools (except minority schools) were directed to update or correct their neighbourhood criteria — children residing within the 0-3 km radius — by January 15. The schools can also make the required corrections or asked for suggestions at their zonal offices between 10 am to 5 pm by January 18.

The admission portal will be open from January 22. A common registration form will available on DoE’s website (www.edudel.nic.in) for parents and schools. Schools also will have to use this form for the admission process.

Like last year, the schools have been directed to acknowledge the application through a proper receipt and a unique registration number. In case the application is rejected, the reason must be recorded and communicated to the parents. The DoE will also provide observers for a draw of lots during the admissions.

The last date for application is February 21 and the list of selected candidates will be out on March 7, followed by the subsequent lists.

According to the DoE’s notification, while those belonging to families with annual income less than Rs 1 lakh can apply under EWS category, the DG applicants will include SC/ST/OBC, children with disability as defined in the Right of Persons with Disability Act, 2016, orphans, transgender and children living with or affected by HIV.

Source: DNA India

Gujarat: New schools must give admission under RTE: High Court

In an important ruling, the Gujarat High Court has held that newly opened schools in the state must give admission to underprivileged students under the 25 per cent quota envisaged under the Right to Education (RTE) Act. The court has also directed the government to contemplate action against educational institutions that flout the RTE law that came to force in 2009.

There are some 300 new schools that were given approval to start academic activity from 2017. However, their details had not been uploaded in the list of schools, thus excluding them from the RTE admission. The court issued direction following a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by petitioner Sandip Munjyasara raising issue of newly opened schools being not mentioned on the online portal meant for RTE admissions. He filed the plea in court on November 22, 2017. He stated before the court that the state government had subtly skipped mentioning new schools on the web portal and this could facilitate the new schools to not perform their mandatory responsibility to give admission to the students from economically marginalized families.

He further submitted that all schools, irrespective of old or new, should grant admission to the poor students under the 25 per cent quota. However, authorities’ failure to upload the relevant details benefitted the schools. “The court has issued an important judgment regarding the new schools and they should not skip the admission process under the RTE act,” said Munjyasara. He further added that earlier, he had sought details of the newly approved schools from the government but it had not provided to him. “During the hearing, it came to light that there were some 300 new schools. Students were deprived of getting admission to these schools,” he said.

Source: Ahmedabad Mirror