Madhya Pradesh| 70% RTE quota seats not filled in MP

Seventy percent of the seats allotted under the Right to Education (RTE) quota in Madhya Pradesh are left vacant this year even as there was a delay of over 10 months in the allotment.

The RTE Act guarantees every child right to full-elementary education and mandates reservation of a minimum of 25% seats to provide free schooling to poor students in all private unaided primary schools.

Admission of students under the Right to Education in different schools takes place in January every year. This year only 1.70 lakh students took the benefit of the admission scheme though more than 4 .2 lakh seats are reserved under the RTE quota in Madhya Pradesh.

For the poor response, parents blamed an online-admission process the state government introduced this year for the allocation of the seats.

“This year the seats were allotted through an online lottery system. The process was very tedious. One had to fill a long form, which was earlier done at the block offices, and attach the documents online. Documents were verified only after one received a SMS confirming selection under the RTE. The process was very complicated,” said Meena Srivas, a parent who had applied for seat under the RTE quota for her child.

The government, however, differed with the parents.

“Majority of the seats are left vacant because parents like to avail the facility only in a few selected schools. They are not interested to put their children in any school we offer them through lottery,” said KPS Tomar, an education department official overseeing the RTE seats allotment.

“Earlier the process was manual so admission fixing was rampant, but it was streamlined by introducing the online process,” he added.

Rajya Shiksha Kendra (RSK) in February found lot of irregularities in the manual allotment process and decided to make the process online.

Accordingly, the School Education Department had collaborated with the National Information Centre (NIC) to develop the software for the purpose, but the latter failed to develop it within the stipulated time, causing the delay in the online process.

RSK commissioner Deepti Gaur Mukherjee the state government also decided to reimburse fees to the eligible candidates online to make the process more transparent and check manipulation.

Madhya Pradesh government through RSK reimburses around Rs 3500 per student, who is entitled for the seat under RTE quota.

In Bhopal alone 30,000 children took the benefit of the reimbursement in the past four years, but sources said the number of children actually enrolled in schools under the scheme was much less.

Source : Hindustan Times

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

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.

Madhya Pradesh|Madhya Pradesh registered record number of applications under RTE this year

After making the process of application online, Madhya Pradesh has registered a record number of applications under the Right to Education this year. More than 2,25,000 candidates have applied this year under RTE admissions.

Most of the applications have been received from Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur and Gwalior.

According to the RTE Act, the children get the right to have free elementary education from all the schools in any of the state in India. In the right there is mention of minimum 25% free seats for children belonging to weaker sections in all the private unaided primary schools as well, providing equal chances to the students belonging to weaker sections of the society to gain competitive knowledge from good private schools.

There has been a significant shift in the numbers in terms of applications in the state from the last year. From Bhopal, 30000 applications have been received this year, which were merely 16955 last year. Indore, following the increase, registered a 28% shift in the numbers from the last year’s to 18,129 this year. From Jabalpur and Gwalior there were 6000 and 7181 applications received simultaneously.

To deal with the irregularities in the selection process and complaints registered by parents regarding the admission, the state government decided to change the process of submission to online and thus the admission procedure got delayed this year. The result of making the procedure online is in front of the government now, in the form of impeccable number of applications received. The online registrations were made till 19 July and a lottery to select students for the seats had taken place on 25 July, 2016 at National Informatics Centre (NIC).

Source: Jagran Josh

Indore | Underprivileged students in dilemma over admission

Indore : Underprivileged students will continue to stand in line for admission under Right to Education Act (RTE) till September, while other students would have completed a major part of their syllabus for the first semester exams. This delay is a result of automated system, which government had decided to install in December, but did not complete installation till June.

Discussing the same matter with disability programs consultant (DPC) Akshay Rathore, Indore Parent Association (IPA) coordinator Anurodh Jain said, “Over 600 schools are out of affiliation and most of them are waiting for the last date of RTE admissions to pass, before reapplying.”

He explained that since, school’s affiliation has expired; they are not liable to give admissions to RTE students. “But it’s a tricky situation, as even after RTE admissions close, schools can apply for affiliation and continue to function legally,” Jain said.

Rathore considered the memorandum and assured IPA that he would be bringing up the matter with additional chief secretary (school education) SR Mohanty.

Source : The Free Press Journal

Indore | Online process begins for RTE admissions in private schools in Indore

The first-ever online process for admission to private schools under the Right to Education (RTE) quota began in Madhya Pradesh’s industrial city Indore on Thursday, Rajya Shiksha Kendra commissioner Deepti Gaur Mukherjee said.

The RTE Act guarantees the right to full-time elementary education to all and mandates a minimum of 25% free seats for the children belonging to the weaker sections in all private unaided primary schools. However, there had been reports of irregularities during the manual system earlier.

Keeping that in mind, the government decided to go online to keep the admission process transparent. The school education department has tied up with the National Informatics Centre to provide the RTE admission portal.

Indore district project coordinator AS Rathore said the system has been eased for the parents who are not internet-savvy. They can get the admission form from the portal downloaded, fill it up manually and submit it to the nearby private school or block resource coordinator (BRC). The latter can then upload the form online.

Parents can submit forms till June 30. They will get time from June 24 to July 4 to make changes or corrections. After that the department will conduct scrutiny of the forms and announce the names following a lottery on July 7. On the basis of draws, parents can admit their kids in schools between July 8 and July 16.

He said, “The parents, who are net-savvy, can fill the form online with the required information and their school preference. They can upload the form themselves with an online receipt.”

This year, as many as 998 private schools out total 1057 recognised schools are going to participate in the RTE online process against 1,390 schools affiliated to the CBSE and the state board across Indore district previous year. In 2015, the education department managed to fill only 4,912 (23.27 percent) seats out of 21,105 seats available under the RTE quota in Indore district after three round of admission from the month of February to July first week that year.

Officials attribute the situation to the lack of awareness about the law in rural areas, besides parents’ preference for CBSE schools over the state board-affiliated institutions.

Source : Hindustan Times

Indore | MP edu dept plans campaign to boost enrolment under RTE

After failing to elicit a favourable response from parents regarding admissions under the RTE Act last year, the Madhya Pradesh’s school education department is going to launch an aggressive campaign for the academic year 2016-17.

 The implementation of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, which guarantees that every child has a right to full time elementary education, has largely been poor not only in Indore district but also across the state since it came into force in 2010. The Act mandates a minimum of 25% free seats for children belonging to weaker sections in all private unaided primary schools.

In 2015, the education department managed to fill only 4,912 seats out of 21,105 seats available under the RTE quota in Indore district after three rounds of admission. Officials attribute the situation to the lack of awareness about the law in rural areas, besides parents’ preference for CBSE schools over the state board-affiliated institutions.

School edu dept likely to issue notification for admissions under RTE in second week of Feb

This year, however, the department is aiming to change the trend. The district project coordinator of RTE Act, Shashikant Gubrele, told HT that the school education department is likely to issue a notification for admissions under the Act to private schools in the second week of February.

Gubrele said almost every district in the state has witnessed poor response on RTE and it’s not limited to Indore.

“Every year, except for a few prominent CBSE schools in the district, most seats at private and semi-private schools affiliated to the Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education as well as CBSE remain vacant,” the official said.

“But we are trying our best to turn this situation around. This year, we are going for aggressive campaigning off-line as well online to make parents aware about the same and to bring them to schools,” he added.

The department, the official said, will ask all principals/ nodal officers, block resource coordinators to ensure that all the information related to filled and vacant seats in schools is available on notice board, so that parents know the seat status easily. “When it’s online, we will put the vacancy status on education portal for net users.”

Gubrele said the awareness level among parents would increase with time.

Source : Hindustan Times

Madhya Pradesh | Over 500 pvt schools in MP to be inspected over alleged RTE fraud

More than 500 private schools in Madhya Pradesh affiliated to the MP Board of Secondary Education and CBSE are to be inspected by Department of School Education, (DSE), MP and the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan over allegations of irregularities in granting admissions to underprivileged children under Right to Education (RTE) Act.

 Private schools are mandated to maintain a 25% admission quota for children from poor economic backgrounds. The fee for these students — Rs 3,500 for each student — is reimbursed by the Rajya Shiksha Kendra (RSK). However, it is alleged that several hundred schools in the city registered fake admissions through the quota to claim the reimbursement from RSK.

According to sources, the number of registered admissions under the quota is nearly 30,000 in the past four years, but the actual number of underprivileged students attending schools is far less, pointing at irregularities.

As per the directions by the DSE, RSK and SSA , the private schools will be inspected and be asked to produce below poverty line (BPL) cards for the admissions under the quota. Regular ID cards of the students will also be checked.

Apart from this, the affiliation of the schools will also be inspected to check if they have been confirming with the affiliation norms.

“As affiliation has to be renewed every three years, we suspect some schools have falsely accumulated the affiliation. If the facilities in the school do not meet the standards, then we will cancel their affiliation,” said Prabhakar Srivastava, district project coordinator, Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan.

Further, a committee formed by DSE has decided that all private schools will have cameras installed in their premises. Affiliation-renewal for the schools will be based on video proof of proper maintenance and regular activities.

Source: Hindustan Times

Indore | MP edu dept plans campaign to boost enrolment under RTE

After failing to elicit a favorable response from parents regarding admissions under the RTE Act last year, the Madhya Pradesh’s school education department is going to launch an aggressive campaign for the academic year 2016-17.

 The implementation of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, which guarantees that every child has a right to full time elementary education, has largely been poor not only in Indore district but also across the state since it came into force in 2010. The Act mandates a minimum of 25% free seats for children belonging to weaker sections in all private unaided primary schools.

In 2015, the education department managed to fill only 4,912 seats out of 21,105 seats available under the RTE quota in Indore district after three rounds of admission. Officials attribute the situation to the lack of awareness about the law in rural areas, besides parents’ preference for CBSE schools over the state board-affiliated institutions.

School edu dept likely to issue notification for admissions under RTE in second week of Feb

This year, however, the department is aiming to change the trend. The district project coordinator of RTE Act, Shashikant Gubrele, told HT that the school education department is likely to issue a notification for admissions under the Act to private schools in the second week of February.

Gubrele said almost every district in the state has witnessed poor response on RTE and it’s not limited to Indore.

“Every year, except for a few prominent CBSE schools in the district, most seats at private and semi-private schools affiliated to the Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education as well as CBSE remain vacant,” the official said.

“But we are trying our best to turn this situation around. This year, we are going for aggressive campaigning off-line as well online to make parents aware about the same and to bring them to schools,” he added.

The department, the official said, will ask all principals/ nodal officers, block resource coordinators to ensure that all the information related to filled and vacant seats in schools is available on notice board, so that parents know the seat status easily. “When it’s online, we will put the vacancy status on education portal for net users.”

Gubrele said the awareness level among parents would increase with time.

Source: Hindustan Times

Bhopal | Govt directs dist collectors for early RTE reimbursement

Bhopal: State government has directed all district collectors for reimbursement of fee of children studying free of cost in unaided private schools. Directives have issued to obtain signed copies from the schools that have uploaded proposals for fee reimbursement for session 2014-15 and ensure fee reimbursement through online process.

According to a release, directives have also been given to tally names of the students for whom fee was reimbursed during session 2013-14. Process will also ascertain whether children are studying in concerning school continuously. Directives have also been given to ascertain schools to upload Samagra IDs of all children on the portal.

The schools not having uploaded fee reimbursement proposals till date have been directed to expedite the work.

Right to Education (RTE) Act provides for admission of 25% children of weaker and deprived sections in class 1 or first admissible class of aided private schools. For academic session 2014-15, the state government deposits maximum Rs 3,826 prescribed as reimbursement for every such student’s fee or actual fee charged, whichever is less in concerning school’s bank account online.

Source: The Times of India