RTE Act: Schools confused, take up their problems with Tewari

The Right to Education (RTE) Act has a lot of confusion, and the Association of Private and Unaided Schools wants to remove it.

During a meeting at Greenland Public School recently, CBSE school principals from across the state presented their problems before Union Minister Manish Tewari, who assured them to arrange their meeting with HRD Minister Pallam Raju soon.

So far, no Ludhiana private school has enrolled students under the RTE Act, but they have been asked to do it from the coming session.

The schools had suggested making these students study in separate classes, but their suggestion had been rejected. Rajesh Rudra, president of CBSE-affiliated Private and Unaided Schools Association, said, "We need to build separate classrooms because we cannot throw out our existing students. So the proposal for separate classes was made."

Apart from this, the issue of funds on per child basis who are studying in private schools under the RTE Act was also raised.

As per the Act, private schools are supposed to enrol 25% of their students from BPL families or the students recommended by government schools, and these students are to be given free education.

However, the PSEB-affiliated and Unaided Schools Association president Rajinder Sharma said, "This will add burden on the managements. Hence, the schools must be reimbursed the fee of such students by the government."

The Unaided and Private School Association members hinted that the burden might pass on to the rest of the students for whom education would become costlier.

Rudra added that even the harsh provision of punishment to teachers and principal needed to be withdrawn because this would make teachers leave this profession. He said in many government schools, teachers were more as compared to students, so first that mismatch should be corrected before sending students to private schools.

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