RTE non-compliance might cost 8 schools recognition

 With eight schools yet to comply with Right to Education(RTE) norms, the district administration has threatened to cancel the recognition of the schools, if they continue to do so.

Speaking at an interaction programme on RTE, held here on Friday, Zilla Panchayat CEO, P A Gopal said that while 13 schools had not complied with RTE norms, five schools had agreed to comply with the norms from the next academic year. In case, the recognition of the schools are cancelled and they continue to be open, an initial penalty of Rs one lakh will be levied on the schools, with a fine of Rs 10,000 per day.
Showcause notice

Deputy Director of Public Instruction, H R Basappa said that a show-cause notice for the eight schools have already been sent. “A meeting will be chaired by the Deputy Commissioner during the next two to three days, where the school authorities will attend and decide on how they would go ahead with the issue,” he said. The schools which are yet to comply with RTE norms are Manasasarovar Pushkarini, Vijayanagar, Mysore Public School, Rayanakere, Delhi Public School, Bannur road, The Orchid School, R K Nagar, National Public School, Yelwal, Flos Carmeli Convent, Hale Kesare, Orchid School, Kumarabeedu and Shanti Public School, Udayagiri.

Basappa said that February 8 was the last date to apply for RTE seats. The applications can be received from Block Education Officers office or nearby schools where RTE is applicable.

The total number of RTE seats for the academic year 2013-14, is 4,486, of which 2,246 seats are for admission to LKG, while 2,240 seats are for admission to first standard. A total of 456 schools in the district come under the ambit of RTE, he said.
The taluk level break up of RTE seats are, 465 in H D Kote, 337 in Hunsur, 237 in K R Nagar, 355 in Nanjangud, 189 in Periyapatna, 342 in T Narsipur and 2,561 seats in Mysore taluk. Of the 2,561 seats in Mysore taluk, 867 are in Mysore North block, 814 in Mysore South and 880 in Mysore Rural.

Interaction

Several questions were raised by parents and teachers during the interaction meeting. Issues such as age limits for students to join under RTE, reservation under RTE and others were discussed. 

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