TAMIL NADU

Steps to popularise RTE Act

: The Parents-Students Welfare Protection Forum has planned to launch a massive awareness programme on the ‘Right To Education Act 2009’ in the district. The Act ensures 25 per cent seats for children belonging to disadvantaged group in private non-minority unaided schools.

Speaking to reporters here on Tuesday, forum president V. Ponnuraj said it had decided to create the awareness so that parents could not be cheated by educational institutions, including unaided private schools, which had to comply with the norms of the RTE. As per these norms, every child has the right to get uniform and textbooks from a school situated within 1 km from the place where the child is living.

If no school is situated within one km radius, the children will be provided free transport so as to enable them to reach the school.

Reservation

Of the total number of seats, 25 per cent of the seats in every class should be reserved for deprived children from backward, minority and Dalit communities and free education provided to them. Each school should declare the number of seats available in each class and the number of seats allotted under RTE quota from April 2 onwards and free applications should be distributed to children from these reserved categories.

“The school managements should have fulfilled this norm by declaring the number of seats available in each class of their school, no school within the Corporation area here has followed the instruction, as we notice the omission during our visits to schools,” said Prof. Ponnuraj, a former MUTA office-bearer.

While the schools should declare the implementation of all norms of the RTE Act in their institutions by hosting the ‘self declaration form’ in a public domain, the officials attached to the Department of Education should verify those information, confirm it and also host their observations in the same domain so that the public could crosscheck the information and approach officials to redress their grievances, if any.

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