Schools in Tamil Nadu were already facing problems on different fronts when a new Government Order on reservations for school admissions has caused further concern.
Coming down heavily on the G.O., president of Tamil Nadu Private Schools Association R. Visalakshi said that it failed to clear many of the ambiguities in the Act and had only further confused the schools.
The annual income limit of Rs. 2 lakh fixed under this to qualify for free admission was too high, she added.
Dated April 1, the G.O. No: 60 specifies the steps for implementation of the 25 per cent reservation for admission to children belonging to disadvantaged groups/weaker sections in primate non-minority schools under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act.
The G.O. directs the schools to apply random selection to short-list the students under this quota, if the number of applications exceeds the intake capacity. The schools have been instructed to submit a term-wise statement on the attendance of children admitted under this quota.
The private schools must call for applications for admission under this quota on May 2 annually and accept applications till May 9. The final list must be displayed by May 11. It also states: “The children admitted under 25 per cent reservation shall not be discriminated in any form from other children.”
The State Government has designed an application form for admitting children under this quota, which must be uniformly used by all schools.
A suitable grievances redressal mechanism should also be established to hear the appeals of those children whose applications were rejected.
The Director of Matriculation Schools has been made the Chief State Nodal Officer for implementing these provisions.
Schools told to submit statement on the attendance of children admitted under the quota