Nearly one lakh poor students in the state studying under RTE
The admission process for the students belonging to weaker sections and poor under Right to Education (RTE) which got delayed due to ongoing election process has started.
The education department officials claim that the process would start soon and the process would get completed before May 16.
The Chief education officer (CEO) of Dehradun, S B Joshi told the Pioneer that the admission process of students under RTE cannot be termed as delayed. He however accepted that the process which the department used to start by the end of the March was affected due to the elections. Joshi said that department had sought permission from the Election Commission for start of the admission process and the commission had recently given its nod to start admissions.
Joshi added that in the students would have to apply online for admissions in the districts of Dehradun, Haridwar and Chamoli while in the remaining districts the process would be offline. Interestingly a sum of more than 100 crore is pending to be paid to the schools in which the students under RTE are admitted due to which the schools are showing reluctance to admit new students.
When asked to comment on the pending payments, Joshi said, “A sum of nearly, Rs 60 crore has been released by the government to these schools and the pending amount will also be cleared soon.”
Under RTE, the private schools are bound to reserve 25 percent seats in their class I for the students of poor parents. The education department reimburses the fees of the students till the student reaches the highest class of that school. The RTE mandates that the students belonging to Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs), non creamy layers of Other Backward Castes (OBCs), patients of leprosy and AIIDS should be the beneficiaries of 25 percent reservations under RTE.
The parents belonging to these categories could opt for any school in their neighbourhood and enroll their wards in class I of that school.
The schools are bound to give admissions in the 25 percent seats and in case the seats are not filled they should keep these seats vacant. These vacant seats should be filled only by the students belonging to the underprivileged sections any time during the academic session.
The education department reimburses the monthly tuition fees of these students to the school. It also opens a bank account of these students in which money for Mid Day Meal (MDM), textbook and uniform is deposited every year.
As per the department data there are nearly one lakh students in the state who are studying under RTE.
Sunday, 14 April 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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