RE: [Arkitect India] No Specific Direction has been issued by Govt. of Odisha to Private unaided Schools to comply Right to Education Act in the State, exposed through RTI.
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Date: Sun, 29 Jul 2012 15:13:12 +0530
Subject: [Arkitect India] No Specific Direction has been issued by Govt. of Odisha to Private unaided Schools to comply Right to Education Act in the State, exposed through RTI.
No Specific Direction has been issued by Govt. of Odisha to Private unaided Schools to comply Right to Education Act in the State, exposed through RTI.
Under section 12 (1C) of the Right of the Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, each school belonging to specified category and unaided school not receiving any kind of aid or grants to meet its expenses from the appropriate Government or the local authority shall admit in class 1, to the extent of at least twenty-five percent, of the strength of that class, children belonging to weaker section and disadvantaged groups and provide free and compulsory elementary education till its completion.
Keeping it in view , information was sought through RTI application dated 19.6.12 from the Department of School and Mass education, Govt. of Odisha as follows.
a. copy of any letter or instruction given by the State Govt. to private schools to make reservation of 25% seats for the children of weaker sections and provide copy of compliance submitted by all schools.
b. Monitoring mechanism in place of the State Govt. to monitor the private schools whether they have complied RTE Act and the instruction of State Govt. and copy of the report of Monitoring team, if any in this regard.
c. No. of students of weaker sections who have got admitted in private schools in 2010-11, 2011-12.
In response on 25.7.12, the PIO has intimated that specific instructions of Govt. in respect of Private Institutions are not available. It means no such instruction has been issued to any private institutions to comply RTE Act. The PIO has provided a copy of circular issued by School and Mass Education Department to all Collectors on dated 18.12.10 with regard to procedure for admission in the schools under section 13(1) and section 12(1) of Right of the Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act , 2009. In the circular addressed to all the Collectors, it has been clarified that with regard to admission in class 1(or pre-primary class as the case may be under section 12(1) of the RTE Act in un-aided and specified category schools, schools shall follow a system of random selection out of the application received from children belonging to disadvantaged groups and weaker section for filing pre-determined number of seats in that class which should not be less than 25% of the strength of class.
Defining weaker section it is mentioned in the circular that child belonging to such parents or guardians who are BPL card holders shall be termed as weaker section. Similarly child belonging to disadvantaged group means a child belonging to the scheduled caste, the scheduled tribe , the socially and Educationally backward classes and the child belong to the following categories
a. A child who is found without any home or any settled price or above and without any ostensible means of subsistence.
b. A child who is found begging or who is either a street child or a working child.
The Govt. circular has clearly stated that while determining the number of seats for the above purpose 15% of the seats shall be filled up by the child belonging to disadvantaged groups and 10% of the seats shall be filled up by the children belonging to weaker section. In case there is non-availability of children of any of the above two categories , there shall be interchange of seats. For this purpose each un-aided school should formulate a policy by which admissions are to take place. This policy should include criteria for categorization of applicants in terms of the objectives of the school on a rational, reasonable and just basis. There shall be no profiling of the child based on parental educational qualifications. The said policy should be placed by the school in public domain. There should be on test and interview for any child /parent falling within or outside the categories and selection would be on random basis.