TN: CBSE schools brought under DSE for RTE Act implementation

Tamil Nadu Government has issued a notification bringing all schools affiliated to boards other than state boards under the control of its Director of School Education for implementation of Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009.

This was stated in a submission by Government Pleader Krishna Kumar before a bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice M. Sathyanarayanan of Madras High Court during the hearing of a PIL.

The petition by one A.V.Pandian sought to implement the provisions of the RTE Act in respect of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) schools and action against schools functioning without recognition in the state.

Recording the submission, the bench disposed of the PIL, saying in view of the September 19, 2014 notification, “learned counsel for the petitioner states that no further directions are required in this petition other than effective implementation of the same. The writ petition thus stands disposed of.”

Petitioner had contended that when the CBSE regulations and the RTE Act made it mandatory for all the schools including CBSE to obtain recognition from the state authorities, the CBSE schools were let loose without any proper monitor or enforcement of the act in the state.

The state government had failed to prescribe the competent authority to grant recognition for CBSE schools on the basis of the RTE Act.

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