Jaipur: Private schools have accused the state education department of using Section 12 (1) (C) which guarantees 25% admission to economically weaker sections in private schools as a yardstick for the success of Right to Education Act-2009 in Rajasthan.Taking exception of the government officials who boast of the state as leading in the country with admission of 6.20 lakh students in private schools since 2010, they (private schools) have asked the state to disclose the status on other provisions of the Act concerning government schools.
Damodar Goyal, the president of Society for Private Unaided Schools in Rajasthan, said, “It is becoming a popular belief that RTE is also about Section 12 (1) (C) of RTE.On the contrary it means providing quality education by improving state education”. Goyal was addressing the audience at RTE conference at Shiksha Sankul on Saturday .
Goyal said that the state machinery is so obsessed with admissions in private schools that they’ve forgotten that in the last four years the government schools have lost about 12 lakh children. He said that the state recognized private schools as key stakeholders in achieving the objectives of RTE but ignored them when guidelines were formulated. The two-day con ference has been organized by Abhyuthanam, an NGO and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.
While speaking on the contribution that the health department can make, Neeraj K Pawan, additional director, National Health Mission pro posed to create awareness about RTE at all hospitals and PHCs (primary health centres) that come under the he alth department. “Our department will encourage all employees who will qualify for the admission under the Act,” said Pawan.
Pranjal Singh, head of Abhyuthanam, said, “No doubt Rajasthan is leading in the country and can continue to do so if private schools campaign in favour of admissions under this Act”.
Source: The Times of India