Many BPL children enrolled in private schools under RTE

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Sep 2017 13:18:21

By Shivanjali Verma,

Despite unwillingness of private schools, a large number of children belonging to below poverty line (BPL) category got enrolled there to acquire quality education under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act 2009 in the district.  Thanks to the strict supervision of concerned team of Jila Shiksha Kendra which is effectively confronting different situations and taking timely action to develop positive atmosphere for these children to be enrolled and obtained education in private schools with other students.

During ongoing academic session 2017-18, a total of 77.8 per cent of admissions have been given against the allotted seats in different private schools in the district. It may be mentioned that a total of 6,900 applications were received for 6,156 all,784 eligible applicants were given admissions in different private schools in seven blocks of the district.

Maximum 2,685 admissions have been given in schools fall under Jabalpur Urban areas but when go for percentage it has the least ie 69.7 per cent in comparison to other block. If go for further bifurcation, 473 students have been enrolled in Shahpura block, 435 in Jabalpur rural, 378 in Patan, 254 in Sihora, 217 in Panagar, 181 in Majhouli and 164 in Kundam block respectively. Cent percent admissions against the allotted seats were given in Kundam block. “The team of Jila Shiksha Kendra, Jabalpur effectively confront different situations to deflate the socio-economic condition of families to hinder the path of quality education for children in private schools with other students”, said an officer in Jila Shiksha Kendra.

“Apart from complaints related to private schools management pressuring the parents to pay management fee, we also receive various complaints from the parents. We have strictly instructed these private institutes not to demand any fee including tuition, computer, cultural or sport from the parents and not display ill-treatment towards children. Inspite of that we continuously receive such complaints against which we take immediate action. We have to keep hawk eye on these institutes constantly,” she shared. It may be mentioned that as per provisions, admission are given on 25 per cent seats in the private schools within ward on lotterybasis. The government pays annual fee of Rs 4209 per student under the Act. However, the parents have to arrange school uniforms themselves.