The state primary education director Mahaveer Mane has instructed education officers across the state to ensure that round I of RTE admissions, which had come to a standstill, be restarted with immediate effect.
Mane had convened a meeting with education officials to discuss the course of action for RTE admissions after the Bombay High Court upheld the state government’s decision to revive the January 21 resolution, implementing dual-entry admissions of students of Economically Weaker Sections (EWS), stating that it was well within the framework of the Right to Education Act (RTE).
“We have been told to complete the process by August 27 and submit a report. We have been told to initiate necessary action, including derecognition, in case of schools that refuse to give RTE admissions despite the HC orders,” said a senior education official.
According to the January 21 resolution, all private, unaided schools in the state that have pre-primary classes will have to admit students belonging to the EWS category from pre-primary level. In schools that do not have pre-primary classes, students should be admitted from Class I onwards. According to the GR, schools must reserve 25 per cent of seats across all elementary classes and even if they fail to get adequate EWS admissions in any class, they must keep the remaining seats under the quota vacant.
Meanwhile acting on the orders received from senior officials, PMC education officer Baban Dahiphale has issued a circular to all ward level education officers and principals of schools within PMC limits and stated that RTE admissions must begin with immediate effect. Approximately 2000 city students are yet to get admissions despite getting allotments under round I. The letter that quotes the HC order dated August 14 states that admission is permissible at both Class I and/or pre-school level. “Since most of the schools had stopped giving admissions as they had questioned the dual entry point, we think the High Court order has made it abundantly clear. There should be no reason for denying RTE admissions that were given by online allotments and hence we have asked that all allotments on both levels should be re-started and the process completed at the earliest,” he said.
Since the HC order also makes a mention of the issue of reimbursements to schools, the letter goes on to state that a camp has been organised by the zilla parishad education officer (primary), Pune, on August 26 to discuss and record the proposals for fee reimbursements from 2012 to 2015.
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