Schools should complete targets for admissions under RTE Act: SCPCR

The State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR) held the meeting with representatives of several CBSE schools on Tuesday regarding the anomalies in the schools resulting from lack of awareness.

Several significant issues were discussed in the meeting which was attended by the chairperson of SCPCR, Usha Negi, the director of Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Jharna Kamthan chief education officer Asha Rani Painuly and various teachers and principals of CBSE schools.

One of the major issues was the lack of the fulfilment of the right of children to free and compulsory education under the RTE Act by most of the schools. Under the Act, every school has to give admissions to at least 25 per cent of students who live Below Poverty Line (BPL) for which the central government pays the schools.

However, most of the schools manage to give admissions only to nine per cent students in spite of the central government paying them for 25 per cent quota of students. Therefore schools were told to complete their target of giving admissions to the said percentage or the government will stop paying schools.

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The chairperson of SCPCR also talked about the harassment of students who take admission under the RTE Act and instructed the schools to be more sensitive and responsible toward every student.The hiring of at least one special educator in every school had been made compulsory by CBSE in 2017 so that schools do not deny admission to any handicapped student. However, there are only a few schools that have appointed special educators; therefore SCPCR has instructed schools to appoint the said educators.

The schools were also instructed to hire a psychology teacher and to form a POCSO committee so that children can easily approach the administration regarding any problems.  The schools were instructed to equip the school buildings with appropriate fire safety measures too. The other issues include schools running without affiliation and No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the government, exclusion of NCERT books from syllabus, and schools not working as per the guidelines of CBSE and the Government.

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