RTE effect: NGOs asked to vacate AMC schools

The decision was recently taken in a state-level meeting held for implementation of Right to Education Act.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: April 20, 2012 2:35 am

The state education department on Thursday has issued orders to NGOs using infrastructures of schools run by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) to immediately move out and vacate the premises.

The decision was recently taken in a state-level meeting held for implementation of Right to Education (RTE) Act.

Some of the AMC offices would also be vacated as those are run from municipal schools or use classrooms as store houses,sources said. “Around 50 extra rooms in schools will be available with us once these are vacated. The rooms thus vacated will be either used as classrooms or activity rooms including indoor games,” said municipal school board chairman Jagdish Bhavsar.

“As many as 22 NGOs in the city are running from AMC schools. Out of these,those which are using infrastructure like school rooms are asked to leave. For instance,one of such NGOs is Umeed that is alone running training programmes from 25 rooms in schools,” said Bhavsar.

Orders have already been issued and at some places and NGOs have even vacated the schools,municipal school board’s Administrative Officer L D Desai said,adding,“Even municipal corporation offices running from schools will be closed down. At some places,a few classrooms are also used as store rooms by the AMC.”

After the recent Supreme Court judgment on RTE Act saying reservation for 25 per cent children from economically weaker section (EWS),the education department held several state and district-level meetings for the implementation of RTE Act in Gujarat.

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