Bihar: Gaya district adminintration goes tough on private schools

Having received several complaints regarding non-implementation /violation of the provisions of Right to Education Act, the Gaya district administration has gone tough on private schools. As per the provisions of the Act, private schools are under obligation to admit 25% of students in Class I from the economically underprivileged sections. Besides providing free admission and education, the schools are under obligation to provide text books, note books and uniform to such children without any charge.

A couple of days back, district education officer Md Gheyasuddin convened a meet of the operators of the private schools of the district. As per records, there are 916 registered private schools in the district. The DEO gave a pep talk to the private school managers warning them against non-compliance of the RTE and threatened derecognition/disaffiliation in case the violations continue in academic session 2018-19.

District officials have also decided to make provision for online applications. A special app called ‘schooglink’ has also been developed for RTE beneficiaries. The admission process for RTE beneficiaries, according to district education officials would begin on January 15, 2018 and the entire process would be completed by March 15, 2018. Final selection of the beneficiaries would be made through lottery system from among the applicants and each guardian can apply for admission in three schools. Neighbourhood children are to be given preference in the matter of admission under the provisions of Right to Education Act.

Earlier, several schools took the plea that guardians did not turn up for admission. The online provision has been made for proper monitoring and record keeping. The school managements have been directed to depute computer proficient staff for the online education process.
The meeting also decided to create awareness among the beneficiary groups to avail facilities available to them under the provisions of the Right to Education Act.

Source: Times of India

Patna | Review soon on RTE Act status in pvt schools: CM

Patna: Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday reiterated his government’s commitment to enforce the Right To Education (RTE) Act, particularly the provision which mandates reservation of 25% seats for students from economically weaker sections in non-minority, private and unaided schools.

Making an intervention in the state assembly while education minister Ashok Chaudhary was replying to RJD MLA Bhai Virendra’s question with regard to alleged violation of the RTE Act by private schools in Patna, Nitish said the government would soon undertake a review to ascertain whether the private schools are implementing the RTE Act provisions or not.

A recent survey across the country has revealed only one out of five schools eligible to admit students from economically disadvantaged families under the RTE Act are taking in such students, and admission was given to only about 3.46 lakh students against the approximately 22.9 lakh seats available under the criterion in year 2014-15. Thus, just 15.12% seats under the RTE were filled up across the country.

 “Similarly, of the 2.17 lakh schools across the country eligible to give admission under the RTE Act, only 45,996 schools had taken at least one student under this provision in 2014-15,” the survey said.
The overall scenario regarding poor children’s admission is almost similar in Bihar, an education department official told TOI on Tuesday.
While naming several private schools of the state capital, Maner MLA Bhai Virendra, through his supplementary question, wanted to know from the minister what action would be taken by the state government against such schools in Patna and elsewhere in the state.
As the minister replied that his department was in the process of compiling data on the enrolment status and that necessary action would be taken against the violators, the CM intervened and reiterated his government’s commitment.

Patna | State forgets school quota fee

Private schools say education department has not paid dues for underprivileged kids

The state government’s failure to remit funds to city schools for educating children from weaker sections under the Right to Education (RTE) Act has left the institutions in a tight spot.

According to rules, schools are supposed to reserve 25 per cent of their seats for such children for whom the state is supposed to pay the fees. The government has to provide Rs 400 per child per month to the school concerned.

Shamael Ahmad, president of Private School and Children Welfare Association, said on Monday that the private schools in Patna did not receive funds from the government in the past two years.

 “Around 100 private schools in Patna are registered under the RTE Act,” Ahmad said. “But in the past five years, the district education officer inspected only 30 per cent of the schools. I received many complaints from the heads of the schools about not getting funds from the government. All the registered schools follow the RTE norms.”

He added: “The 2015-2016 financial year is about to end on March 31 but no school has received funds for the corresponding academic session for which free admission had to be given under the 25 per cent quota rule of RTE Act.”

Baldwin Academy School principal Rajiv Ranjan Sinha said: “Our school has been registered under the RTE Act for the past five years. For the first and the last time, the school received funds for underprivileged kids in the 2013-14 financial year. Last year, the school administration appealed to the officials of the Bihar Education Project Council for the same. They assured that more funds would be remitted to us further but we never got any such notification again.”

Similar were the experiences of Patna Central School and Krishna Niketan. Both last received funds in the 2013-14 academic session.

Coomar Arunodaya, vice-chairman of both the schools, said the education department must follow the rules and regulations in the same spirit as it expects schools to do.

“This delay is unacceptable, considering that we have been following all norms,” Arunodaya said. “In the 2013-14 financial year, our schools received Rs 90,000 separately for underprivileged kids. The government should also focus on education and take it seriously.”

An official of Gyan Niketan School, requesting anonymity, said the school had been operating without fees for the 25 per cent reserved seats from the government for the past five years: “Despite the registration under RTE quota, the school never received funds from the state. Still we give admission to students from weaker sections of the society without charging any fee.”

Other schools such as DAV Public School, May Flower School and Baldwin Sofia School also did not get the funds for the same.

The state government has claimed that private schools are not implementing the RTE Act norms properly.

“The quota for 25 per cent students belonging to weaker and disadvantaged groups in private schools across the state has not been implemented effectively though the government is serious about it,” education minister Ashok Choudhary said in the Legislative Council on March 18.

Principal education secretary D.S. Gangwar said the files to sanction the money to private schools registered under the RTE Act had been sent to the finance department for approval.

Source : The Telegraph