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.

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

Goa | ‘Only 6% poor kids get private schooling’

Panaji: For a child from a poor family, who wants to study in a private school, Goa is among 11 states that offers one of the worst chances at making it through.

Section 12(1)(c) of the Right to Education Act made it necessary that private schools reserve 25% of their seats for children from economically backward sections. According to a 2015 assessment on implementation of this provision by researchers from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, only 5.88% or 8 of 136 private schools in Goa have admitted atleast one student under this section.

Goa’s average is nowhere close to the national average of 21%.

In 2014-15, though there were 1,771 seats available in Goa under Section 12(1)(c) of the RTE, only 32 of these were filled.

Going by the findings of the report titled ‘State of the Nation-RTE Section 12(1)(c), it is not the private schools in Goa that are to be blamed for not welcoming children from poor families, but the state administration that is at fault.

IIM researchers, who carried out the study for the group Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, evaluated states on whether they met 21 criteria to make it easy for children from poor families to claim the researved seats in private schools. Goa was marked in red on most of the criteria.

Source : The Times of India

Pune | RTE pupils can now hope for better schools

Pune: Students unhappy with the school allotted to them under the Right to Education (RTE) Act can participate in the next round of admissions as part of a betterment scheme.

The betterment option, usually available to students seeking admissions to first year junior college, has now been introduced for admissions to the 25% seats reserved under the RTE Act.

Dinkar Temkar, deputy director of education, Pune region, said, “If students fail to take admission in the first round for some reason, seats have been filled up in the school allotted or students are caused inconvenience, they can opt for the betterment option. They can continue to stay in the admissions process to find a better option.”
 Meanwhile, as many as 2,000 parents in the city are yet to receive a notification regarding allotment of school for their children. A total of 781 schools have been eligible for RTE admissions this year. The education office has declared three admission rounds so far. In the third round declared on July 5, as many as 2,298 students were allotted seats.


Agra | Agra school ‘dismisses’ girl admitted under RTE Act

Agra: A convent school here allegedly cancelled the admission of a 3-year-old girl in nursery class after she had been admitted under the provisions of the Right to Education (RTE) Act because her father asked the school administration for a receipt against the school diary which he had to buy.

Ravi Mahore, father of the girl, Bhomi, has a bicycle repair shop and the family lives at Tota ka Taal locality in Lohamandi in the city. He brought the matter to the notice of local RTI activist Dhanwan Gupta and thereafter they met education department officials to lodge a complaint against Holy Public School, which is also located in Lohamandi.

“Bhomi was admitted at the school under RTE Act. However, we asked for a receipt for purchase of the school diary. She went to school for just three days and on the fourth we were told her admission had been cancelled,” said Ravi, talking to TOI. The school opened for the current session on July 4 and the family was informed that Bhomi’s admission had been cancelled the following day. In the previous session, she attended two days of school before it shut for the holidays.

“I contacted the school principal but he did not give any valid reason to explain why my daughter was not eligible. She had been selected on the basis of procedures followed by the education department. Even her date of birth, May 28, 2013, means she is eligible for admission to nursery class under the norms,” the father added.

The father and Dhanwan Gupta then approached basic shiksha adhikari (BSA) Dharmendra Saxena and other local officials, but no action has been taken against the school so far.”The parents are financially weak and can’t send their daughter to school on their own. Despite laws, there are many hurdles for poor citizens who want to send their children to good schools,” Gupta said.

 School principal Namrata Agrawal denied the allegations. “Bhomi has not attended school for a single day as her form had been sent to the BSA’s office in April to clarify if she was eligible on the basis of age. We are still awaiting a nod from the BSA. Why would I stop children who had applied through the Act? We have allowed the maximum number of students in the city under RTE,” she said.
School chairman and president of Association of Progressive Schools of Agra (APSA) Sanjay Tomar said that the girl was stopped from attending school due to age issue. “The family has been asked to sort this with the BSA, after which the girl can attend school,” he added.
 Agra division assistant director (basic education) Girijesh Chaudhary told TOI that he was unaware of the matter. “I will look into it and try to sort it with the school management and parents,” Chaudhary said, adding that action will be taken in case of any wrong decision, as it concerned the future of the girl child. BSA Dharmendra Saxena was not available for comments.

Mumbai | Mumbai RTE draw: Only 72 admissions after 2nd round

A WEEK after the second lottery was drawn for admission to schools through the Right to Education (RTE) Act, only 72 students have taken admissions so far.

A total of 2,192 seats were allotted to 1,618 students in the second lottery but the turnout for admissions has been very low. In state board schools, 1,211 students were allotted seats and 407 students in other board schools. While 63 students have been admitted to state board schools, only nine have sought admission to schools of other boards.

Officials from the education department of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said so few students had approached because the schools had been shut last week for Eid.

The last date for approaching schools for admissions has been extended from July 15 to 16.

“If required, we will extend the deadline further,” said an official from the BMC education department.

Parents had been waiting for the second round of lottery. After the first round, of the 3,411 students allotted seats, 2,041 turned up for admissions. Apart from 243 students rejected by schools, the rest had expected to be allotted a school of higher preference in the second round.

Source : The Indian Express

Indore | RTE Admission Underway In Private Schools

The admission process of private schools in Indore is underway under the Right to Education (RTE) quota. Started on 23rd June, this process will continue till 30th June and the final seat allocation will be declared on July 7.
Under this RTE act, the right to education for all has been illustrated and also there is a reservation of 25% seats for students who belong weaker sections of the society. Thus, making a great opportunity for students to take education from private schools where fees are very high as compared to government schools.

Earlier, this admission process has been reported undergone through a wrong process. This year, for the transparency, the government decided to make the application process online. To aid this process, National Informatics Centre (NIC) has tied up with school education department to provide RTE admission portal.

For the convenience of those parents who are not comfortable with the online process, they can fill the downloaded form manually and submit to the nearest school and Block Resource Coordinator.

This year the number of registered schools under RTE has come down. Last year around 2500 schools registered under this Act. It has been reported that many schools didn’t register under RTE due to specific reasons. Also, it seems that the number of seats will also go down this year as last year only around 23% seats got filled while previous year more school participated.

The reason for this low number is assumed as a lack of awareness in rural areas. In rural areas, people are not aware of the law. Also, in urban areas people prefer to send their ward to CBSE affiliated schools over state board affiliated school.

Source : Examswatch