Erode | RTE admissions in schools under scanner

Erode: The school education department has asked for daily reports from schools on their compliance with 25 per cent admission of children from economically poor families under Right to Education Act.

Meetings of principals were convened thrice to discuss the issue.

Nearly 2,000 admissions need to be made, and so far 900 students have been admitted under RTE quota. Measures are in place to ensure complete compliance by schools, Chief Educational Officer P. Ayyannan said.

Ignorance of parents that admissions under RTE could be made only at the entry level has been a setback in the district.

There was no scope for schools to admit children to higher levels, the CEO explained.

Private school managements have been cautioned against diverting parents of eligible children to nearby goverment schools.

Managements of non-minority educational institutions feel there is no clarity on who would constitute backward and disadvantaged children qualifying for admission to 25 per cent of the seats under RTE quota.

Besides offering free admission, schools are also required to provide such children with free notebooks, writing materials and uniforms.

The schools have not yet received reimbursement they are entitled to from the government for the money they had spent on the children.

The financial settlement to the schools pending for the last two years would be made shortly. The funds for the claims made are expected, the CEO said.

Source: The Hindu

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