Ludhiana: Not a single seat was filled in any of the 88 private unaided schools in Ludhiana district under the Right To Education (RTE) Act in the past three years. A report prepared by the district education office on the number of students who took admission under the 25% quota of the RTE Act threw up the startling fact. It showed that though 2,43,505 seats were reserved for economically-weaker section children in private unaided schools in the past three years, not a single students was enrolled under it.
The additional deputy commissioner (general) had asked the district education department to prepare report on the total number of students enrolled in the past three years, total numbers of students who took admission under 25% quota of the RTE Act and the number of seats vacant under the RTE quota.
The report submitted by the district education office (elementary) stated that 9,74,024 students from class I to class VIII enrolled in private unaided schools (2,97,859 in 2012-13, 3,34,652 in 2013-14 and 3,41,513 in 2014-15). And the number of reserved seats were 74,464, 83,663 and 85,378 (total 2,43,505) in 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15, respectively. But not a single seat was availed of by any EWS student.
The Right to Education Act was introduced in 2009 under which every school, (government, aided and private unaided) has to reserve 25% seats between class I and class VIII for underprivileged students in the age group of 6 to 14 years.
The district education office (elementary) also wrote that neither any candidate seeking admission under the RTE Act approached the office nor any private unaided school.
District education officer (elementary) Gurjot Singh said, “Under the RTE module, there are three ways to get admission under the reserved quota of RTE. The candidate can approach us directly or he can approach the school or the school can approach the department. Once a private school approaches us, then we write to the education department to release budget. The education department has to pay for the free education under the RTE quota.”
As children from the EWS category did not take the 2,43,505 seats, these were filled by other students.
The director of All Punjab Private Unaided CBSE Schools, Rajesh Rudra, said, “Initially, we keep 25% seats for underprivileged students. But when no candidate approaches us to get admission under the RTE Act, we fill those reserved seats.”
Source: The Times of India