Patna | Review soon on RTE Act status in pvt schools: CM

Patna: Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday reiterated his government’s commitment to enforce the Right To Education (RTE) Act, particularly the provision which mandates reservation of 25% seats for students from economically weaker sections in non-minority, private and unaided schools.

Making an intervention in the state assembly while education minister Ashok Chaudhary was replying to RJD MLA Bhai Virendra’s question with regard to alleged violation of the RTE Act by private schools in Patna, Nitish said the government would soon undertake a review to ascertain whether the private schools are implementing the RTE Act provisions or not.

A recent survey across the country has revealed only one out of five schools eligible to admit students from economically disadvantaged families under the RTE Act are taking in such students, and admission was given to only about 3.46 lakh students against the approximately 22.9 lakh seats available under the criterion in year 2014-15. Thus, just 15.12% seats under the RTE were filled up across the country.

 “Similarly, of the 2.17 lakh schools across the country eligible to give admission under the RTE Act, only 45,996 schools had taken at least one student under this provision in 2014-15,” the survey said.
The overall scenario regarding poor children’s admission is almost similar in Bihar, an education department official told TOI on Tuesday.
While naming several private schools of the state capital, Maner MLA Bhai Virendra, through his supplementary question, wanted to know from the minister what action would be taken by the state government against such schools in Patna and elsewhere in the state.
As the minister replied that his department was in the process of compiling data on the enrolment status and that necessary action would be taken against the violators, the CM intervened and reiterated his government’s commitment.

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