Attend RTE Tamil Webinar to initiate RTE awareness in your city

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 neighbourhood / ward.

Their complete education is free and the admission happens only at LKG and class 1, unfortunately the people who can benefit from this are unaware of this or the procedure.

Bhumi Volunteers have successfully admitted 112 children via Right To Education in Districts like Chennai, Kanchipuram, Thiruvallur and Vellore. We’re spreading RTE awareness to other districts in Tamilnadu. Attend the RTE Online Webinar to initiate RTE awareness in your city.

Attend the basic RTE training session, volunteer for Field Campaigns in slum areas and spread awareness to the poor people in slums and make a lasting poverty alleviating impact on their lives.

Sign up right away in the form below and do invite your friends.

 

Volunteer for RTE awareness drive in Trichy

 

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 neighbourhood / ward.

Their complete education is free and the admission happens only at LKG and class 1, unfortunately the people who can benefit from this are unaware of this or the procedure.

Bhumi Volunteers have successfully admitted 112 children via Right To Education in Districts like Chennai, Kanchipuram, Thiruvallur and Vellore. We’re spreading RTE awareness to other districts in Tamilnadu. Join the RTE team in Trichy.

Attend the basic RTE training session, volunteer for Field Campaigns in slum areas and spread awareness to the poor people in slums and make a lasting poverty alleviating impact on their lives.

Date – March 25, 2018
Time – 10 a.m to 12 p.m
Venue – TELC Middle School, 40 Kempstown, Mudaliyar Chathiram, Trichy | Map

Sign up right away in the form below and do invite your friends in and around Trichy.

Volunteer for RTE Field Campaign in Chennai Slums

Volunteer for RTE Field Campaign across Chennai Slums and help underprivileged get admissions in Private Schools via Right to Education.

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 until May 18, unfortunately the people who can benefit from this are unaware of this or the procedure.

Join us to spread awareness in slums and make a lasting poverty alleviating impact on their lives. Our focus is to engage volunteers in creating awareness among such communities and helping them benefit from this life transforming opportunity.

Please find the schedule below and Sign up to Volunteer.

May 12 – Saturday – Elephant Gate Slum – 3 p.m to 6 p.m – Map Link
May 13 – Sunday – Otteri Slum – 3 p.m to 6 p.m – Map Link

Invite your friends from the above areas. All are welcome.

Point of Contact – 9952038216

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

TamilNadu | Hundreds log in for RTE admissions

On Day 1, Chennai has the highest number of applicants; online counters to be open till May 18

Online applications under the Right to Education (RTE) Act opened up at the midnight of April 20 and the first application was received by the education department as early as 12.48 a.m. from a parent in East Tambaram.

At 7.50 p.m. on day 1 of the process, the School Education Department had received 1,246 applications.

Speaking to The Hindu, School Education Secretary T. Udhayachandran said the department had gone ahead with initiating an online process for RTE admissions to bring in more transparency. “We had previously heard reports about a few schools refusing to admit students under the RTE and through this process, there will be fewer roadblocks for parents. While schools are allowed to issue RTE forms, they have been instructed to upload the details online as well or send the forms to the education offices in their area,” Mr. Udhayachandran said.

Chennai education district received the highest number of RTE applications from parents, followed by Tiruvallur and Salem education districts.

A parent filling in the RTE form online can view the seats available and select the schools in their respective areas. Parents who apply are then sent a confirmation with an SMS once the form has been submitted.

e-seva centres

While the department has only partly taken applications online, parents can approach the e-seva centres in their districts or can seek help from the District Education Offices to submit forms in case they don’t have access to computers. The online counters for RTE applications will be open till May 18. With a number of private schools taking their admission process online, the move to shift RTE admissions online was welcomed by educationalists as it would streamline the process. Earlier this month, the education department had announced that it was taking the process partly online and had published the list of schools and seats available online as well.

“If there are educational districts which receive more applications than the number of seats available, the Education Department will arrange for lots to be picked. This will not be online, but will be done manually in front of the parents and children to ensure that they are aware of the process,” Mr. Udhayachandran said.

Source: The Hindu

Tamil nadu | Online RTE admissions from April 20

With 5,138 seats in 669 matriculation schools, the Tiruvallur education district has the highest number of seats available under the Right to Education Act for the 2017-18 academic year.

The admissions will also be done online in Tamil Nadu this year and will be open from April 20 through the website of the School Education Department.

The facility to have online counters for RTE admissions is already in place in New Delhi and Maharashtra.

Under the RTE Act, 25% of the seats at the entry level classes in schools should be earmarked for students from the weaker sections of the society.

The School Education Department has separately provided details about the seats available under the RTE Act in matriculation schools as well as nursery schools in each district online in a move to help parents identify institutions in their neighbourhood.

The Chennai and Kancheepuram educational districts follow Tiruvallur with 4,914 seats and 4,042 seats which have been set aside under the RTE Act.

e-seva centres

To use the online service, parents can approach the e-seva centres in their districts or can seek help from the District Education Offices. Parents who apply for admissions online will receive a confirmation with an SMS, an official from the Education Department said.

While the online counters for RTE applications will be kept open till May 18, parents will be able to go to the educational institutions in person and apply, as well as submit RTE forms.

The move to take the application process partly online for RTE seats has been welcomed by educationists and activists many of whom have been appealing to the government for the past few years to make the process more transparent and fair.

“Making the RTE applications available online will hopefully streamline the process. There have been several instances where people have gone to schools with recommendations and money to buy seats set aside under the RTE Act, and we hope this will come down,” said K.R. Nandhakumar, State general secretary of the Tamil Nadu Nursery, Primary and Matriculation Schools Association.

The State government, in a statement, said that ₹125 crore has been allotted for students who were admitted under the RTE Act in 2013-14 and 2014-15 and who continue studying in schools across the State.

The settlements will reach the educational institutions soon, the statement added.

Source: The Hindu

Tamil Nadu | Private schools demand early RTE reimbursements

Tamil Nadu Private Schools Association has urged the State Government to not delay the reimbursement of fee for students admitted under the Right to Education Act and pay those by September every academic year.

Resolution

The Association made the demand by way of a resolution it passed at a meeting held in Coimbatore on Saturday.

It also wanted the Government to grant recognition for three years and permanent recognition for those schools that were 10 years old or more.

For other schools, the Association said the Government should give more time to comply with rules.

Syllabus

The Association said that the Government should not compel private schools to achieve the target for admitting students under the Right to Education Act, upgrade the Samacheer syllabus on a par with Plus One and Plus Two syllabi as there was a wide gap.

It also sought uniform syllabus across the country, as suggested in the draft of the National Education Policy.

Other demands

The other demands the Association made included the issue of ESI issuing notices to schools when a case in this regard was pending before courts and coming out in the open on the minimum land required for private schools, as the survival of 900 plus schools was dependent thereon.

The Association also sought reforms in the way the Government conducted the Plus Two exam – pooling of three neighbourhood schools to a centre among others.

Source : The Hindu

Triplicane | Schools continue to violate RTE Act

Six students from poor families and enrolled through the Right to Education Act in two schools in Triplicane and Royapettah are on the verge of dropping out of school at the primary classes itself.

The schools have sternly told the parents from the economically weaker sections to pay the tuition fee immediately if they wanted their children to continue studies instead of waiting for the government’s refund as per the RTE Act.

Shareef works in a mutton stall and his son has finished his Class I. But the matriculation school in Balaji Nagar, where he is studying, has sent him home telling his father to pay the fee. “The school has raised a bill for Rs. 22,000, including books. My son has been studying there since L.K.G,” his wife Naseema Begum said. Shareef has approached the Directorate of Matriculation Schools.

CBSE schools

A CBSE school on Ellis Road has similarly provided an ultimatum to five of its students. Nasreen was told that her daughter could continue in Class I only if she paid the tuition fees. “The school authorities said they had not received refund from the government and asked us to pay tuition fee of Rs.480 per month,” she said.

Until last year, the fee was Rs. 5,000 per year. “My husband is a labourer in a hotel. We could not even afford to buy books,” she said, adding that she chose the school as it was one street away from home. Sauziya, whose child is also on the verge of dropping out, said she is trying to raise the money by Monday. “All the five children are in a similar situation,” she said.

“Schools that violate the RTE Act and demand fee will be strictly dealt with,” a senior official of the Directorate of Matriculation Schools said.

Schools tell parents of poor students to immediately pay the tuition fee or keep the children at home

Source : The Hindu

Tirumangalam | Admission denied under RTE Act

The children of a Dalit couple, hailing from a poor economic background, were allegedly denied admissions under the Right to Education Act by a popular private matriculation school located in Tirumangalam here.

P. Kutti Kamatchi (30), whose husband works as a casual labourer, said that she tried for admission at the school for his son and daughter for Class 1 and LKG respectively.

“When I approached the school last week, they bluntly rejected saying that they were not admitting anyone under RTE Act,” Mr. Kamatchi alleged, adding that they demanded a capitation fee of about Rs. 5,000 per child for immediate admission.

“They told me that they had not received the refund of fee from the government last year for the children admitted under the RTE Act. Hence, they were not admitting anyone under the RTE Act now,” she said.

Ms. Kamatchi claimed that when she contacted the authorities at the office of the Inspector of Matriculation Schools (IMS) in Madurai, she was suggested to apply in other schools in their neighbourhood.

“When I said I wanted to apply for another popular school in the area, the officials said that admissions might be already over in that school,” she alleged.

A. Rajini, advocate and convener of People’s Movement for Social Justice, said that the situation was not different in most other private schools which allegedly denied admissions under the RTE Act citing frivolous reasons. “They may give reasons like the residence of the child is far from the school. The tendency is to reject the applications instead of accommodating more students from deprived backgrounds,” he said.

When contacted, IMS of Madurai P. Srinivasamurthy, said he would inquire into it soon.

 Source : The Hindu

Tamil Nadu | State may shun duty as Centre approves kindergarten in Right To Education

Coimbatore: The Centre’s decision to include RTE admissions in kindergarten, may bring relief to some parents who could not have previously admitted their 3 and 4-year-old children to private schools, but it has completely relieved the state government of its responsibility to provide access to free education at the kindergarten level. Since there is no kindergarten in state government schools, it will impact enrolment, especially in rural areas.

On Saturday, the Centre told the Madras high court that kindergarten admissions would also be covered under the ambit of Right to Education, clearing the confusion over the reimbursement for private schools, that has been due for three years now.

Under RTE that was implemented in Tamil Nadu in 2012, private schools must reserve 25% seats for admission under this category. As per the rules, private schools would be reimbursed the tuition fees they have spent towards the education of the child admitted under RTE.

The absence of kindergarten in government schools, and the clearance by the Centre to cover kindergarten admissions in private schools under RTE, will help the state government reduce its expenditure on RTE. “The Centre’s decision will hamper enrolment in elementary and private schools in rural areas. When parents are eligible for free education in private schools, they are likely to opt for a private school over a government school,” the official said.

“In the last two years, I have observed that elementary school enrolment has dipped. In many primary schools in rural areas, children across all ages sit in the same classroom,” she said.

 The state government has introduced KG in some schools across the state to test the system. However, a full-fledged system is not in place yet.
 According to the district information system for education (DISE), 31% enrolment every year takes place in private schools. “The government can prevent the enrolment from dropping if it extends the RTE to Anganvadis, and formally introduce kindergarten education,” another officer of the school education department said.
Director of ChangeIndia, A Narayanan, feels that the RTE Act does not serve its purpose of providing free education to the poor and needy. “The act has failed to serve its purpose. The state government has failed to deliver when it comes to free education for those in need,” he said.