Schools discuss nitty-gritty of RTE admissions

The compulsory promotion till class VIII of children admitted under the 25 per cent quota of the Right to Education (RTE) Act and the confusion in the procedure for schools if candidates get seats in more than one school were some of the aspects of the Act discussed by the Karnataka (Recognised) Unaided School Managements Association (KUSMA), at a meeting on Sunday. 

Dr S G Saboji, chairman of a Trust that has three schools in Bagalkot, said: “What if parents blame schools that their children have not learnt anything? What are we supposed to do then? Should we go for a re-examination whenever they do not make it to the next class?”

A child admitted under the quota cannot be detained and has to be compulsorily promoted to the next class. “Parents cannot question a school or take it to court on the grounds that the child has not learnt anything. Since schools have no choice but to promote such a child, managements cannot do anything except impart the best education,” said legal advisor to KUSMA, K V Dhananjay.    

Other topics like points of admission to school under the Act and fixing of fee compensation by the government were also discussed.

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