Schools deceive children, shield information

Some schools not registered nursery under RTE Act

The Central government’s efforts for inclusive growth by providing quota for economically backward children in private schools has gone in vain as schools in the district know how to evade the rules.

Even as the authorities concerned are doing their bit for the implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act, the managements of schools have shielded information about their nursery and pre-nursery classes.

Some schools are conducting pre-nursery classes without registration. So, data is available only from 1st standard, however, when parents approach them they say seats are not available even for 1st standard as their students who pass out from UKG have to be accommodated.

Mandya south BEO Mahadevu said some schools have not registered nursery classes under RTE Act. “This has come to our notice and we have sought their explanation,” he said.

The last date for applying under RTE Act is February and by the time the education department gets a reply and the problem is solved, the last date will be over, complained a parent.

Flaw in website

It has come to light that the statistics about seats available in schools in the district are wrong on the education department website. While the officials put the figures at 2,192, the website states it as 4,790 for first standard.

RTE nodal officer Chandrasekhar said the figures on the website were not the seats available under RTE Act but the total number of seats available in all aided and unaided schools in the district for first standard.

However, the officials concerned have not taken any steps to rectify the flaw.

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