Ghaziabad | Ensure admissions under EWS, Gzb admin tells private schools

GHAZIABAD: The district administration of Ghaziabad has issued directions to private schools to ensure admission of students, belonging to disadvantaged groups and weaker sections, under quota of seats reserved for them.

The directions were issued in a meeting held by district magistrate Nidhi Kesharwani with principals and managers of two dozen schools in Ghaziabad on Monday.

The meeting was summoned after the district education department received complaints against eight schools who denied admissions to students, referred by the department, under various reserved categories.

Following the implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009, the basic education department of the Uttar Pradesh government issued orders specifying various disadvantaged groups and weaker sections who can seek free admission in private schools up to a maximum limit of 25 per cent of total seats available.

The disadvantaged groups include children belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes category, specially-abled, those from the socially and educationally backward sections, whose parents are affected with HIV or cancer, the homeless and orphans. Weaker section category includes children from below poverty line (BPL) families, whose parents are recipients of disability, old age or widow pension as well as those children whose families’ annual income does not exceed Rs 1 lakh.

“There was lack of clarity among the schools regarding various categories under which admissions can be provided to students in accordance with the government orders. These issues were clarified. The schools have assured they will ensure admission to students wherever they meet the criteria for the specified categories,” DM Nidhi Kesharwani told TOI.

Source : The Times of India

Tamil Nadu: Enrolment under RTE Increased

New Delhi August 11 (ENA) Minister for School Education P Benjamin informed that admission of children from disadvantaged sections under the Right to Education (RTE) Act has increased over the past three years in 2015-16.

Mr.Benjamin further said, the awareness programme organized by the Sarva Siksha Abhiyaan on RTE helped to increase the enrolment rate of children from disadvantaged groups and weaker sections in self-financing schools. The Directorate of Matriculation Schools (DoMS) is the nodal agency for the implementation of RTE Act. It has developed a comprehensive manual on RTE Act and Tamil Nadu RTE Rules, 2011 which has been issued to all schools. It has also disseminated the provisions of the Act to all principals of matriculation schools as well as parents in collaboration with the SCERT. In addition, the DoMS ensures the issuance and collection of filled in forms for admission of children under 25 per cent reservation as stipulated under RTE Act through the district level offices.

The minister also informed that rainwater harvesting is also ensured in all the school. (ENA Bureau)

Source : ENA

Bengaluru | State asks CBSE to cancel affiliation of 6 NPS schools

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has asked the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to withdraw the affiliation of six schools run by the National Public School group in Bengaluru and Mysuru.

The request was made after it was found that the group produced “fake”minority status documents to avoid giving up 25% seats under the Right To Education (RTE) Act. The DPI sent the request last week.

Six schools in trouble

The six schools that will be in trouble in case the CBSE decides to honour the Department of Public Instruction’s request are National Public Schools in Rajajinagar, Indiranagar, Koramangala, HSR Layout, Mysuru and the NationalAcademy for Learning, Basaveshwara Nagar, Bengaluru.

A month ago, the Department of Public Instruction had directed filing of criminal complaints against the six schools when the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions pointed out that the group had produced fake documents.

Source : Deccan Herald

Shivamogga | Govt schools facing student shortage due to RTE: MLA

Shivamogga: JDS MLA YSV Datta said implementation of Right to Education (RTE) Act in Karnataka has pushed many government schools on the verge of closure.

Speaking at a programme of Private School Teacher’s Forum at Shivamogga on Tuesday, Datta, said the state government has been paying around Rs 500 crores to private schools every year for admitting students under RTE quota. This has led to the shortage of student s in government schools. Several states have not implemented the Act to protect government schools there, but in Karnataka, the situation is completely opposite, Datta said urging the government to reconsider its stand on RTE. He also urged the government to review its faulty rules framed for regulating private educational institutions.

Source : The Times of India

Mumbai | RTE admission: BMC holds third lottery for needy students

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC’s) education department on Wednesday conducted the third lottery for students from the Economically Weaker Section for the 25% quota admission under the Right to Education Act. After the first and second lotteries, so far, 2,423 students have got confirmed admission.

In the first lottery held on April 20, 3,411 students got selected for 6,561 seats. Out of the selected ones, 2,050 got admission.

In the second lottery held on July 4, out of the 1,618 students selected, only 373 got through.

The total number of seats in pre-primary schools is 3,359; Std I seats in 317 schools are 6,305. Out of the 317, 274 are state board schools and 43 of other boards.

Nearly 68 schools, in which there were 1,618 seats, received zero application. After the third lottery, the dates for admissions in the allotted schools are from August 26 to September 5. Parents will have to take a printout of the allotment letter from their application login and go to the allotted schools with original documents.

Source : dna

Mumbai |891 kids get RTE seats in third lottery

Mumbai: A total of 891 children from poor families were allotted seats in private schools under the Right to Education Act, in the third online lottery on Wednesday. They have got seats at the entry level in unaided non-minority schools across the city.

According to the BMC education department, the students have been allotted 1,008 seats, with some of them being given the choice of more than one school. Parents must approach the schools by September 5 to confirm the admission.

 As many as 105 RTE seats in some non-state board schools in the city are still vacant as the schools have been turning away students for various reasons. “If schools refuse admission to students despite having right documents, the parents can approach BMC or the school education department,” said Nisar Khan, education inspector, BMC.
In the first and second lotteries conducted in April and July, 2,423 students secured admission in various schools.

New Delhi |High Court right, RTE can’t go against child: Activists

New Delhi: The high court judgment on Siddharth International School does much more than just direct a school to admit a disabled child. Activists pointed out that the judgment will have a “far-reaching impact”, can help hundreds of kids and serve as a check on governments interpreting the law in a way that goes against children.

The court made several important observations regarding “age-appropriate” class, distance and neighbourhood, and right to education for the disabled. It also said the 25% of EWS/DG ( economically weaker section and disadvantaged groups) quota in private schools benefits the 75% of fee-paying kids by making them “more sensitive and humane”.

The original order to admit the child was that of the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal’s. The school challenged it citing several issues, one of which was discrepancies in Priyanshu’s age documents.

However, after deciding that the school does have a vacant EWS/DG seat, HC observed, “Discrepancy in the date of birth…in the present case is due to poverty, ignorance and backwardness of relatives.” The court further cited the RTE Act that no child will be denied admission “for lack of age proof”.

“Sections 8(c) and 12 is for the benefit of the child and meant to ensure that he/she gets access to elementary education, despite any technical difficulties,” said the judgment. The school had also argued there is an “upper-age limit” for admission.

Activists appreciated the HC judgment. “The court has interpreted the provisions of the RTE Act and it’ll have a far-reaching impact. Its stand on age-appropriate classes is not just for Priyanshu. It has also maintained that you can’t interpret any provision of the RTE in a way that goes against a child. This is binding even on governments,” said lawyer-activist Khagesh Jha.

The court has even made it possible for children living in Delhi’s border areas to seek admission in its schools. The private school had argued that the boy stayed in Ghaziabad, faraway from the school, and had no means of commute. The DoE’s field visit “confirmed…there is a nearby and direct road from the house to the…school” and the neighbourhood norms were met.

“The government itself denies admission to children living across the border. As per this order, only actual distance will count, not state borders,” said Jha.
Priyanshu’s leg got amputated below the knee in an accident; his father died a few months later. His mother works in a factory that manufactures plastic spoons. She earns around Rs 5,000-6,000 a month.
Although the court agreed that MACT “had no jurisdiction” to direct the school to admit, it chose to praise the presiding officer “for the empathy and sensitivity displayed.”

Madhya Pradesh| Record number of applications received under RTE in MP

A record number of applications were received under the Right to Education (RTE) in Madhya Pradesh this year following the system’s switch to an online process.

Around 2, 25,000 applications have been recorded in the state with most of them from four cities — Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur and Gwalior.

“Bhopal recorded a total of 16,955 applications which is 55% more than the last year,” said Rajya Shiksha Kendra commissioner Deepti Gaur Mukherjee.

In the last three years , Bhopal recorded a total of 30,000 applications, said sources.

Indore registered 18,129 applications which is an increase of 28% from last year while 6,000 applications were recorded in Jabalpur and 7,181 in Gwalior.

The RTE Act guarantees that every child has a right to full-time elementary education and mandates a minimum of 25% free seats for children belonging to weaker sections in all private unaided primary schools.

The admissions of students under the Right to Education for different schools take place in January every year but the state government decided to change the process of submission of applications and quota into an online one to end complaints of irregularities in the selection process.

‘First time so many applications received’

The district education officers said this was the first time that so many applications had been received, which was unexpected as the entire system was changed into an online process.

“There were many irregularities found in the manual lottery system regarding false admissions and admission given to ineligible candidates. This year, the school education department had collaborated with National Informatics Centre (NIC) to provide a portal for the same,” said minister of state (MoS) for education Deepak Joshi.

July 19 was the last date for online registration. The admissions will be done through an online lottery system, which is scheduled to be held on July 25 through the National Informatics Centre (NIC).

Source : The Hindustan Times

Bijnor |Bijnor given target of 990 RTE admissions this yr

Bijnor: Keeping in view the lack of awareness among the poor about free education in private schools under the Right to Education Act, the State government has now set a target of admitting 50,000 students this year.

According to the provisions of the RTE Act, there is 25% reservation for BPL cardholders, who can admit their children in private schools without having to pay any fees. Considering the lack of awareness in this regard, the State government has set a target of admitting 50,000 students this year. Also, Bijnor has been given a target of admitting 990 students. Though there are around 3000 public schools in Bijnor district, there is no child having free education in private schools.

According to sources, the situation is similar in the other states.

To improve the situation, State director of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan held a meeting at Lucknow on July25 and assigned targets to all BSAs.

Elaborating on the same, Bijnor BSA Sanjay Kushwah told TOI, “There is a target of 50,000 students to be admitted in private schools. Besides, Bijnor district has been given a target of 990 students in nursery and first standard.” “These admissions are meant for nursery and first standard only. We are all set to implement this scheme and will start a campaign to create awareness among the poor so that they can also send their wards to private schools,” he added.

Source : The Times Of India

Bhopal |Now, Right to Education lottery process on Aug 2

Bhopal: After the issue of submitting bogus documents was raised just ahead of declaration of RTE lottery on July 25, the date has now been pushed to August 2.

In view of the number of applications touching 2.3-lakh mark this year, officials want to scrutinize each document to avoid any blame later. The decision was taken on Tuesday, though this may change further, depending upon the requirement of application scrutiny process, said a senior official from Rajya Siksha Kendra (RSK). Commissioner Deepti Gaur Mukherjee, said, “This might take time as there are large number of applications this year and after finding discrepancies in a few all the applications need to be checked thoroughly.”
Last year there were allegations of fake admissions to draw reimbursement of 25% quota that the school department and the RSK provide to every child taking admission under the Act.