Nagpur to lose around 1,000 RTE seats following HC order

Nagpur, Dec. 27, 2013: Following Bombay High Court's ruling that minority unaided educational institutions do not need to reserve 25% seats for admissions under right to education (RTE), Nagpur district will have about 1,150 RTE seats less.

TOI arrived at this approximate figure after the education department failed to respond to its calls regarding the issue. However, earlier, Someshwar Netam, the district in-charge for RTE said that an accurate figure can be arrived at only when the admissions take place as many schools might choose to continue admitting students under it. The HC verdict has elicited mixed response from some of the city schools which belong to minority educational societies.

Parshan Singh Kalsi, general secretary of Sikh Education Society welcomed the HC ruling and said that it has put a brake on the education department's move of forcing unaided minority education institutes into accepting students under RTE.

"They were taking undue advantage of us. They were forcing us to reserve 25% seats under RTE on flimsy grounds like allotment of land and so on. All these grounds are wrong. And hence, we welcome the court's ruling," Singh said.

On the other hand Lillian Makasare, principal of Bishop Cotton Primary School, said that it was ok for them either way. "But admitting children under RTE is actually beneficial for us. Now-a-days not many opt for the state board. In such a situation, when students come approach the school for admissions it is beneficial for us," she said.

However, Jayati Wasudev, principal of a private unaided school, said that the HC verdict is discriminating. "These private unaided schools also admit students under RTE, not just the minorities," she said.

An office bearer of another unaided private school who chose to be anonymous felt that though RTE on its own is very good, he was sure that the minority education institutes would welcome it. "The main problem that's affecting the proper implementation of RTE is the lackadaisical attitude of the government in paying the dues to the school. If it had been so, I don't think any school would have had a problem," he said.

He further said that for the last two years his school had not received a single penny due to it under RTE. "For a school like us, the main source of income is the fee. And when we don't get the dues from the government, naturally the burden falls on the fee paying students. If ours had been a minority education institute and if were paid regularly we wouldn't have stopped admissions under RTE" he said. (Source: TNN)

27-12-2013 | Posted by Admin