DPI asks CBSE schools to implement RTE

DPI asks CBSC schools to implement Right to Edu­cation Act for economically weaker sections.
Bangalore: The Department of Pub­lic Instruction (DPI) has made it clear that schools affiliated to the Central Board of Sec­ondary Education (CB­SE) too should implement the Right to Edu­cation (RTE) Act and give seats to economically weaker sections and follow the state guidelines on the implementation of RTE.
In two separate circular issued recently, the DPI has made it clear that CBSE schools give an undertaking at the time of applying for no-objection certificate from the state government that they will abide by the rules and regulations of the state. Now, the schools’ argument that they will not abide by the rules set by the state government on RTE does not augur well.
Stress on transparency

The state education department has also directed schools to ensure transparency in the RTE admission process. As per the circular, all schools must publish details before 10.30 am every day the number of free seats available and the number of applications received. Schools have also been told to provide applications free of cost to students seeking admission under RTE.

Futile effort, schools claim minority status

Officials have admitted that the Department of Public Instruction’s attempt could be futile. “Already, many CBSE schools are out of the ambit of RTE as they have claimed minority status in a dubious manner. Last year, some schools forced RTE students to pay the full fee. These circular will not have any impact on the private school lobby,” they said.

( Source : dc )
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