Despite holding several meeting with representatives of private schools in the last four months,the UT Administration has failed to bring in clarity on key issues pertaining to implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act,2009.
The two sides are yet to reach a consensus over the per-child-expenditure to be paid to the schools for reserving 25 per cent seats at their entry class for the less priviledged children and educate them free of cost,as mandated under RTE Act.
Meeting the District Education Officer (DEO) on Thursday,representatives of Independent Schools Association (ISA) remained adamant that they will admit the students under RTE only once the Administration gets the reimbursements notified by the Ministry for Human Resource and Development.
The Administration,on the other hand,is asking schools to first send details of applications received for the reserved seats.
Sources said that the Administration is moving at snails pace in deciding over the pending issues due to a confusion over roles following the recent reshuffle in the Education Department. The promotion of the previous District Education Officer (DEO) as the Deputy Director School Education (DDSE) has triggered the confusion.
The other key concerns include the shortage in the number of applications received against the reserved seats in the private schools. As per records available with ISA,there are no takers for over 50 per cent of the 3,000 seats reserved across 74 private schools in the city.