No change in RTE admission criteria, says minister

Primary and Secondary Education Minister Tanveer Sait on Tuesday ruled out any change in the admission criteria under the Right to Education (RTE) Act quota and said the calendar for the upcoming year was ready.

He was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a discussion on the future of education.

"There is no change in the RTE admission criteria. We will continue with the existing system. Action has been initiated against a fake circular issued by the BEO of Doddaballapur," the minister said.

The minister also responded to Kannada activists' demand for stricter punishment for schools not implementing Kannada as first or second language. "Some have said Rs 500 fine is not enough. But the penalty is aimed at identifying defaulters and highlighting the need for course correction," he said.

Asked about the integrated coaching in pre-university classes to prepare students for NEET and CET exams, Sait said there was no clarity on whether such a system should be introduced.

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