Salem | RTE: Private schools in Salem inspected

Salem: Officials of the Education Department on Wednesday began inspecting private schools to check whether admissions were made under Right to Education Act in the last two academic years.

A team led by Chief Educational Officer A. Gnanagowri inspected a private school near Kandampatti Bypass and found total of 36 students studying in LKG and UKG and nine children were admitted under the RTE.

She interacted with teachers and students about the teaching and learning methods adopted in the school.

30 teams

As many as 30 teams have been formed in the district to inspect 412 schools and submit reports about the implementation of RTE by June 22. Under the act, 25 per cent seats are reserved for poor and downtrodden and their fees would be paid by the government to the respective schools. Recently, the State government sanctioned Rs. 97.04 crore to the schools for admitting students during 2013-14 and 2014-15.

In the last two years, protests were held outside few private schools for refusing to admit schools under RTE.

Hence, officials are inspecting the records on the number of students admitted under the RTE and the funds received from the government for the admissions.

Source: The Hindu

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