Hyderabad | RTE: Govt schools fear closure

Hyderabad: Officials of Department of School Education apprehend that if 25% reservation for poorer students is implemented, government schools may lose out to private ones

Right to Education (RTE) Act is prized as a cure-all as far as providing education to marginalised section of society. But the officials in the Telangana State Department of School Education (DSE) believe it otherwise. Even as the Chief Minister, K Chandrashekar Rao and Minister for Education Kadiyam Srihari are making all efforts to ensure that private schools comply with 25 per cent reservation for the students from poor background, the DSE officials are apprehensive that if the reservation policy is enforced, the government schools may lose out to the private schools.

The DSE officials have already prepared guidelines for implementation of the RTE Act, but the file has been pending for clearance from the higher-ups for past few months. They are of the view that the effective implementation of the Act may sound death knell for the government schools in the State.

They say that as the government would give financial assistance to the students joining under 25 per cent quota in private schools, there may be an exodus of students from government schools to private educational institutions, forcing several State-run schools to shut.

The officials are also apprehensive that effective implementation of Act may give rise to mushrooming of private schools in the state as they would get fee reimbursement. An official of DSE cited the example of mushrooming of engineering colleges after fee reimbursement scheme was introduced.

According to a rough estimate by the DSE, the government will be forced to bear Rs 150 crore burden yearly towards fee reimbursement and over the years the reimbursement may shoot up to Rs 1,200 crore annually.

Source: The Hans India

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