In order to make all city schools strictly follow the pupil-teacher ratio recommended under the Right to Education Act, the UT Education Department is planning to ask private schools to restrict admissions in order to prevent crowding of classrooms.
Already, fresh admission guidelines have been issued to government schools to restrict the class size.
The RTE Act prescribes PTR of 1:30 for primary classes and 1:35 for upper primary classes. In government schools, these have been found to be 1:65 and 1:80 while in private schools these are 1:45 and 1:58.
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Director Public Instructions (Schools) Kamlesh Kumar said, “We have received official figures from private schools recently which clearly depict that their pupil-teacher ratio is high. RTE is for everybody to follow, be it government schools or private schools.”
He added, “We plan to get the governance audit done of all city schools and whichever school is found violating the RTE norm or if there is intentional misgovernance, strict action will be taken. Crowding of class will not be tolerated. Keeping this in view and ensuring the sanctity of RTE norm, we have already issued fresh admission guidelines for government schools.’’
The DPI said they would ask private schools also to regulate admissions to adhere to the prescribed PTR. At present, only two private schools, namely DPS and Vivek High School, conform to the prescribed ratios.
Kumar said government schools had been asked to admit a maximum of 40 students in classes I to V and 45 in classes VI to X from the current session. If a school receives more applications, it will hold a draw. For primary classes, children residing within 1 km and for upper primary classes, those residing within 3 km of the school will be eligible to get admission.