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‘Keep tabs on RTE norms compliance by schools’

Implementation, Right to Education

Times of India

13-12-2013

KOLHAPUR: The primary education department of theĀ  Kolhapur zilla parishad (ZP) has asked 12 block development officers (BDO) to monitor the progress of infrastructure norms under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009 in schools across the district.

According to officials, the primary education department has been consistently notifying the BDOs in the 12 talukas to keep a closer look on the compliance of the RTE infrastructure norms from September. Any school that fails to comply with the norms may lose recognition by the state government.

Every school has to fulfill ten infrastructure norms, including construction of a boundary wall, toilets, providing water facility etc, to be recognized by the education department under the RTE Act.

A primary education department official said, “The department in its survey in August had found out that only 209 schools in the district had complied with all the RTE norms. So it has asked BDOs to keep a consistent watch to make sure no school misses the deadline to comply with the norms. The department has been keeping tabs on the schools from September.”

The official, however, failed to provide the statistics of the present status of schools vis-a-vis RTE compliance. “A thorough report on the compliance status will be generated only after December 31. The department will review the whole situation only in the first week of January,” added the official.

The Kolhapur division, which consists of Sangli, Satara, and Kolhapur districts, has a total of 3,442 primary and secondary schools, of which only 209 were found to be in compliance with all the 10 RTE norms in the survey conducted by the department in August. The directorate of primary education has set a deadline of December 31 for all schools to comply with the norms.

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