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Schools comply with education act

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PATNA: Around 300 CBSE and ICSE-affiliated private schools in Bihar have already complied with the provisions of Right To Education (RTE) Act, 2009, to reserve 25% seats for poor students, joint director of primary education, R S Singh, said on Thursday.

Commenting on the Supreme Court ruling on the RTE Act, Singh said the state government had directed all the private schools early last year to comply with the provisions of the Act.

However, the SC verdict on Thursday, exempting the unaided minority schools from compliance with the RTE Act, brought relief to the management of unaided minority schools who had earlier got stay order from Patna high court against the state government’s directive to reserve 25% seats for poor students.

Singh told TOI that the state government would provide Rs 3,077 per student per annum to all the CBSE and ICSE affiliated private schools for bearing the cost of education of the students admitted under the 25% reserved category. He said 95% schools in the state were being run by the government, providing free education to the children under the provisions of RTE Act.

Singh clarified that under the provision of RTE Act, the government would provide the same amount to the private schools as was being spent on education of per student per annum in government schools. Once the amount per student changes, the same would be given to the private schools as well, he added.

The unaided private minority schools in Bihar not admitting 25% poor children were mostly the Christian minority schools which had contested the government directive in the high court. These schools include St Michael’s School, Loyola School, Notre Dame Academy, St Joseph’s Convent, St Xavier’s School, St Karen’s School and St Dominic Savio’s High School, in Patna.

Meanwhile, in compliance with the state government directive, two unaided minority schools, Patna Muslim School and Shatabdi School, Gaya, had already admitted 25% poor students in 2011 itself, said honorary secretary of Patna Muslim School, Abu Rizwan. He said the Patna Muslim School management might take a decision to continue with the 25% admission of poor students.

All the DAV schools in the state have started admitting 25% poor students from 2011 itself to comply with the RTE Act provisions.

The Times of India, 13 April 2012


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