As a move for the implementation of need-based education under Right to Education (RTE) Act,the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has carried out a survey of existing schools in the city. Based on survey,66 new schools will be opened at 12 different locations in the city this year,all in the slum areas focussing on children from Economically Weaker Section (EWS).
While,with 35 in number,the Hindi medium schools top the list followed by Urdu (23) and Gujarati medium (5) schools. Probably,with the dominance of slum areas,English medium schools could merely make its presence in the list of these new schools. There is only English medium school in the list of new schools.
All these new schools are upper primary or till Class VIII. The 12 different locations identified for schools will cater to 66 schools. At present,AMC-run schools in seven different languages and based on the need,out of these 12 locations,the medium of school will be identified. For this,another survey will be carried out, said municipal school board Administrative Officer L D Desai.
With an estimated cost of around Rs 14 crore,these schools will be opened in areas like Khokhra,Pipalaj,Vasana,Ghodasar,Vatwa,Danilimbda,Vadaj,Ambraivadi,Rangoinagar,Thakkarbapa Nagar,Nicole lilanagar and Nicole ward.
As present,there are around 464 municipal corporation schools out of which 228 are upper primary schools (till Class VIII). Last year,around 162 schools were upgraded to either primary or upper primary level.
As per RTE,the local authorities have to ensure availability of a neighbourhood school. The Act makes it a duty of the appropriate government and local authority to establish a school where it is not so established within a period of three years from the commencement of the Act.
The government also has to maintain records of children up to the age of 14 years residing within its jurisdiction. Also,ensure and monitor admission,attendance and completion of elementary education by every child residing within its jurisdiction.
Apart from providing infrastructure including school building,teaching staff and learning material,special training facility to the faculty,RTE also makes it governments responsibility to ensure and monitor admission,attendance and completion of elementary education by every child. Also,to ensure admission of children of migrant families.
Not only elementary education but the appropriate government is also to take necessary arrangements for providing free pre-school education for children,with a view to prepare children above the age of three years for elementary education and to provide early childhood care and education for all children until they complete the age of six years.