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New rulebook to clear RTE 25% quota confusion

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  • Sheetal - Karmayog
    New rulebook to clear RTE 25% quota confusion ....Sayli Udas Mankikar MUMBAI: Aiming to clear the confusion over implementation of the 25% reservation for poor
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 3, 2012
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      New rulebook to clear RTE 25% quota confusion ....Sayli Udas Mankikar
       
      MUMBAI: Aiming to clear the confusion over implementation of the 25% reservation for poor students in schools under the Right To Education (RTE) Act, 2009, the government is finalising a rulebook for all boards.
       
      A senior education official said under the new rules all boards will be issued a fixed timetable for admissions in 2013. The rulebook will also look at restricting schools from admitting students in the open 75% category unless they fill in the 25% quota, the official said.
       
      This will be applicable to all aided and unaided schools that have received government benefits and are affiliated to the CBSE, ICSE and SSC boards.
       
      The proposed change is only awaiting the go-ahead by school education minister Rajendra Darda. “With the rulebook, we are hoping to tackle all the teething problems we faced this year while implementing the policy. The new rules will be a foolproof system to help us implement the 25% rule in totality. It will be in place well before the admission process takes off in 2013,” said Darda.
       
      Once the rulebook comes into effect, the admissions timetable will be fixed board-wise as per their admission schedule. In case schools are unable to fill the 25% quota first, because of lack of enough applicants, a government committee will be formed to look into the ground situation. After it ascertains the facts, the school will be allowed to go ahead with further admissions.
       
      In 2012, the government brought out a notification to implement the 25% rule under RTE. Under this, schools will give priority to poor students residing within a 1-kilometre radius.
       
      In 2012, many CBSE schools had almost finished their admission procedure, which made it difficult for them to take in students under the 25% quota.
       
      Source: Hindustan Times, Page No. 1, Dated: September 03, 2012
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