AS many as 200 private primary schools in the city have been slapped penalty for their failure to comply with the Right to Education (RTE) Act. After only 50 per cent of the city private schools got themselves registered under the RTE Act this year,the education department has given them ten more days (from May 13-23) to register. However,a penalty of Rs 10,000 has been imposed on the schools that failed to get registered before April 30,the earlier deadline fixed by the department.
Out of 400 city private schools under District Primary Education Office (DPEO),nearly 200 got themselves registered,under a mandate of the RTE Act,till April 30. The schools that followed the online registration process are required to get the printout of the filled registration form and submit it to the DPEO.
Despite clear instructions,many schools got themselves registered online and did not submit the form at this office. As the deadline has expired,we have directed them to submit the forms before May 23 with a fine of Rs 10,000, said DPEO M M Jani.
There are 1,329 primary schools under DPEO. Out of these,24 are grant-in-aid while 400 are private schools. Similarly,nearly 1,050 private schools in the city are covered under District Education Officer (urban) while nearly 456 primary schools are under the municipal corporations school board. When contacted,the District Education Officer (urban) R I Patel said,Almost all schools under this office have completed the registration process and submitted the forms.
After receiving these applications,the department will start the inspection process for the verification of facts and then award recognition to them. Under a mandate of the RTE Act,private schools,both existing and new,are required to apply for recognition from the state education department.