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