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What Right To Education Mean To Private Schools?

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Private Schools & Right To Education Act
As per the RTE Section 12 of Right To Children for Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009 has made it compulsory for every private unaided school to admit at least 25% of its entry level class from children belonging to weaker and disadvantaged groups. Also, In a recent Supreme Court of India's verdict dated 13th of April, 2012 a bench said that 25% of reservation for students from weaker sections of society would apply uniformly to all government and unaided private schools except unaided private minority schools and boarding schools.

For such poor category students the state government shall compensate schools, with an amount equal to either fees charged by the school or per child expenditure in state schools, whichever is lower.

Recently their has been a surprise for many of us where the poor response to the RTE Act provisions for assured admission in private schools for children from the economically weaker sections of society in Gulbarga district. But, still Mumbai schools telling that no more rte quota is available for poor students had made students feel about. Many such schools claimed that they will not be able to take in more than four to five students through this reservation this year. But, the state education department has made it clear that it is going to be a hard taskmaster. Barring unaided minority ones, all schools will have to prove that they have complied with the provisions. To Read more about this click on Mumbai RTE Quota Admissions.

What do you think are the reasons for poor response to RTE Quota in Private Schools? The School Management, Students or the parents? Well, according to the officials, the lack of awareness among parents about the provisions of the RTE Act was one of the major reasons for such poor responses. The State Government's publicity campaign to create awareness among the general public on the provisions of the RTE Act appears to have had little or no impact in every Districts.

Why should a poor child be denied from education? Being poor doesn’t matter for Elementary Education, instead a Right of every child. However, the Supreme Court told all unaided private schools, cautioning them that their activity to administer educational institutes would stop being a fundamental right if they ventured beyond “Charity” into commercialization. And Hence Government also wants Private Schools to seek financial aid for poor students from Charities because some Unaided schools claim that their expenses are much more than what the state government spends for per child every month. For instance, Bal Bharati Public School, Pusa Road spends Rs.3,200 per child per month on an average. But the Delhi Government has announced a monthly compensation of only Rs.1,190 for every student.

HRD Minister Kapil Sibal contended in a statement in response to a starred question as “Some schools in metros have per-child budgets much in excess of those in other states. These schools would have to find innovative ways, with philanthropic individuals, charitable trusts and corporate funding, to meet the gap without loading the general category students with a fee hike”.

Somehow, the serious advice and compulsory rules made by the RTE Department is expected to bring up great changes in the education world of poor students. Because “Its Their Right To Get Education”, What say.....

Also read : Awareness of RTE Should Be Increased..

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