Government to collect data on 25% seats given to poor kids under RTE
AJMER: Information under Right To Education Act from each school will now reveal which caste and religion are deprived of qualitative education in the state. The government has asked every block to send information on 25% free admissions in private schools stating caste and religion of the child.
The elementary education department is now collecting information from every private school for implementing 25% seats to students of deprived and poor families in their locality. Under RTE, it became mandatory for every private school to allocate 25% seats to deprived students. The school will give free education to these students.
“This is first time we are seeking such information. We have instructed block education officers to send information,” said Rajesh Tiwari, RTE cell head.
The data sent from every district will collated at state level and then subsidy will be granted to those schools implementing the RTE. “Last year, when the data was sent to headquarters, a verification was done. It was found that most of them had given wrong information,” said an official.
The department is making RTE provisions very strict. “Minority and residential schools are exempted from 25% free admission but we are tightening noose on other private and public schools,” he said.
The Times of India, 15 July 2012