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The biggest dilemma for the implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) is that how can 25% students from economically low-income category and Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe be granted admission this year when the admission process is either already over in most of the schools or still in progress in some institutes. Even as the state government talks of issuing regulations, schools express their ignorance over the procedure for implementation of the act that will ensure that every child in the age group of 6 to14 years is enrolled in school.
An official said, the government is committed to ensuring implementation of the RTE Act and had issued regulation in this regard way back on February 18, 2011. With the SC ruling, the efforts to implement it have intensified. Most of the schools say that if RTE has to be implemented from this academic year, they will have to open a new section in grade I, while there are some schools which even express their inability to do the same due to lack of infrastructure. At Delhi Public School (Bopal), academic session is already underway since April 1. "We welcome RTE Act, but then we need to have clarity on the implementation. We did not receive any circular and we do not know how to go about it," said Manjula Pooja Shroff, chairperson, Calorx Foundation that runs DPS. The scene is not different at Anand Niketan (Satellite), where admission begins at junior KG level. "Admissions in grade one from this year is subjective to vacancy. If we are to implement RTE, we will have to start a new section," said Anand Niketan Group of Schools director Nashy Chauhan. St Xavier's Loyola Hall authorities have expressed their inability to implement RTE, citing lack of infrastructure. "We have been spreading education in all possible way to people of economically weak sections, but then incorporating it formally seems an uphill task as we have subjective vacancies in grade one," said school principal Father Durai. To this, an official wondered: "Why the schools did not do the same during the admission process that usually begins in December 2011, when Apex court had not ordered any stay on the order?" Talking to TOI, secretary, primary education, R. P. Gupta said, "Admission process is over in elite schools, while at remaining schools, the process is still pending. We've already issued government regulation and we are conducting meetings at various levels. I am confident that the act will be in place by next academic year."
Courtesy: Times of India
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