There are clouds of distress on the admission of poor and abducted children in 95 thousand seats in private schools in Uttarakhand. Less than ten days left for the new education session to begin.
Despite this, the process of online entry has not started yet, while this process of entry takes more than a month. Under the Right to Education Act (RTE), 25 per cent of the seats in the first class of private schools is given for free admission to poor and abducted children.
Last year, the children were given admission in 95,992 seats of the state. But this session is still confused with the entry of children. Even the departmental officials do not know whether admissions will be done under RTE or not.
According to officials, till date, they have not received instructions from the High Commissioner to start the admission process till now. In such a situation, the possibility of getting admission of children from RTE is not equal to the academic session beginning on April 1.
Arrears of Rs 237 crores
The government reimburses Rs 237 crores reimbursement expenditure to private schools in lieu of admission under RTE. Schools will have to pay Rs. 237.41 crore as reimbursement expenditure for the year 2017-18 and 18-19. Schools have not been paid even a rupee in the last two years.
It will take about one month time
Admission takes more than a month after the online admission process begins. Parents have to apply online first. After this, the details of vacant seats in the schools are prepared at the departmental level. Children are admitted to their nearest school.
What is RTE
Under the Right to Education Act (RTE), all children of 6 to 14 years have the right to receive free and compulsory education. Under this, 25% of the seats of the first class of each private school are reserved for the students of the abusive and poor classes. Up to the eighth grade, the child’s education is given for free under the Act. There is a waiver of minority and residential schools.
Who will get benefits
People of abusive and poor classes can get admission under RTE. Among the indigenous sections, children belonging to Scheduled Castes, Tribe, Backward Classes, handicaps, HIV sufferers, widows, destitute and divorced people are included. In the poorer section, children of financially vulnerable families are included.
It has been agreed to allocate 60 crores for reimbursement of schools. This proposal has been forwarded to the Finance Department. In the next few days, the situation will become clear about the entrance to the new RTE session.
-R Meenakshi Sundaram, Secretary, School Education