Jharkhand | Bokaro DC raps schools for violating RTE norms

BOKARO: The district administration has taken a tough stand against public schools directing them to comply with the Right to Education (RTE) Act.

The move comes amid complaints of RTE norm violations by private schools in Bokaro. The district has in the past five years seen several protests against the exorbitant fees charged by the schools.

Bokaro deputy commissioner (DC) Rai Mahimapat Ray made an effort to solve the issue by holding a meeting with the officials of the education department and principals for proper implementation of the RTE Act before the commencement of the new academic session.

Representatives of 29 non-aided private schools, which come under purview of RTE in the district, participated in the meeting held on Tuesday.

The DC instructed the principals to strictly adhere to the RTE guidelines while admitting children from the weaker sections at the entry- level class.

The RTE Act entails that schools must provide 25% reservation to children from the weaker section. Those children whose family income is within 72,000 are entitled to this privilege.

“As many schools are situated in the industrial town where there is no notified slum within a radius of one kilometre, the institution should admit children from a radius of up to three to six kilometres,” said the DC.

A schedule related to the beginning of admissions of the poor children on 25% seats in the schools has been announced by the DC.

Ray said the principals were asked to stop charging re-admission fees or any other charges under heads like activity fees, establishment charges, development charge, miscellaneous expenditure, etc from the students.

 The screening test of parents during the admission should also not be taken by the schools. They should adopt lottery system for admissions in entry level.
“Injustice with parents will not be tolerated, especially in connection with violation of RTE. A four-member committee headed by the district education officer has been constituted to monitor the activities in this regard,” said Rai.

Source : The Times of India

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