Govt May Crack RTE Whip To Rein In Private Schools

Govt. training its eyes on private schools. Image Credit: Sangai Photo.

IMPHAL, Mar 4: Taking serious note of some reputed private educational institutions still sticking to the practice of admission test and interview in violation of the provisions governing right to education Act, the State Government has reportedly deliberated on the issue to initiate appropriate action.

An official of the School Education Department, speaking on condition of anonymity, confided that confirmed reports have been received with regard to some reputed private schools not complying with the provisions of the Right to Education Act as had been pointed out in the gazette notification issued by the Central Government.

Pointing out that the said gazette notification has clearly mentioned that at the time of admission no capitation fee should be charged from the candidate concerned and that neither the child nor the parent/guardian should be subjected to any form of screening tests, the official asserted that non-adherence to such guidelines by some private educational institutions is being seriously viewed by the State Government and action is being mulled.

Further explaining that in the same gazette notification quantum/degree of punishment for violating provisions of Right to Education Act is clearly specified; the official also informed that the earlier practice of entrance test for fresh enrolment to Government model schools as well as Navodaya Vidyalayas has already been dropped.

The same provision also prohibits school authorities concerned from barring a child in getting admission on ground of inability to furnish age-proof certificate, the official conveyed and disclosed that relevant reports about violation of the RTE provisions by private educational institutions is being studied by the School Education Department for necessary punitive action.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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