Saturday, February 7, 2015
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Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh high court has given a split verdict on state government's application to vacate stay over admission in pre-school/nursery under Right to Education (RTE) Act. With this, the matter has been passed on to Jabalpur high court.
Single bench of MPHC had passed an order on December 19, 2014 directing private schools to give admissions to pre-nursery to 25% students under RTE. The order was challenged by private schools and the HC granted a stay on January 18. The state government had filed a petition before the HC requesting to vacate the stay.
HC in its earlier order had observed that a child is entitled to get admission to a school right from the day he/she starts education and directed private schools to give admission to children in nursery, LKG and UKG under the Act. It directed government to come up with modalities of reimbursement to private schools for giving admissions to children in pre-school within a duration of three months.
The schools, however, argued that the Act is applicable only from Class one and it has only made education mandatory for children of 6 to 14 years of age. Children of pre-schools do not come under the category. But the state government circular issued in September 2013 had directed schools to give admission in pre-nursery school under RTE, which was again challenged by the schools.
Last year, the state government had tied up with the Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited (MKCL) organization to hold online admissions under the 25 per cent quota. This year, it has tied up with the National Informatics Centre. The NIC has institutional linkages with all the ministries/departments of the central government. Last year, more than 6,560 students applied online for 8,243 seats in city schools.
BMC plans advertisements to create awareness
Officials from the Pune education department said, "We have decided to start online admission form submission process from 23 February till 7 March for 25 per cent quota. We will come out with a circular for the BMC education department soon and will also advertise about the same to create awareness among parents."
Shambhavi Jogi, BMC, education officer, said, "After submissions, the lottery system process will begin."
Still waiting for official circular, say edu officials
While Jogi have confirmed that the date has come from the top authorities, other education officials from BMC claimed that they are waiting for it to come to them in the form of a circular. "The BMC education department is all set to hold the admission process early this year, but the dates that need to come in writing have come as a message on phone. On top of that, the NIC also needs to declare that they are ready for the process so that advertisement on the same can be started by the BMC education department," said an official.
Fight to get 30 kids admitted still in court
Last year, RTE admissions had gotten over by September 30, Anudanit Shiksha Bachao Samiti (ASBS), an organization, is still fighting in the Bombay High Court to get admission for 30 eligible children from last year. K. Narayan, secretary, ASBS, said, "We have always demanded that the admission should start before the schools do their 75 per cent quota admission. This will help smoothen the admission under 25 per cent quota."
A state-wide awareness campaign on choosing the right pre-school will be launched in March by the state education department given the mushrooming of pre-schools and the absence of any regulatory body to monitor their goings-on.
Taking cognisance of TOI's series on pre-school education, state education minister Vinod Tawde said while it was not possible to set up a regulatory body for pre-school education immediately, rigorous awareness drives by the regional directorate of education in each state zone on the dos and dont's while choosing a school would be introduced.
The women and child welfare department looks into the rights of a child, but there is no law for pre-schools in place. "In such a situation, all we can do is make parents aware about what they must look for before choosing a school. We will come up with a checklist like safety facilities, trained teachers and fees, among other things, which parents must check before admitting their child," the minister said.
Bringing in government regulation at the pre-school level will add to the financial burden of the state education department, state education minister Vinod Tawde told TOI on Friday. He said the education department is engrossed heavily__academically, administratively and financially, from standard I onwards, and hence it is not feasible to form another establishment to regulate the pre-school sector as of now.
Tawde said, "If regulation has to be brought in at pre-school section, a new establishment has to be set up which also means new recruitment, flow of work, administrative readiness and also a mechanism to run the establishment. We are not ready for this as yet as we are focusing on implementing the Right to Education (RTE) act at primary level at present."
The minister agreed that the pre-school segment had become a money-making business and yet, parents were undeterred in admitting their child in such schools. He said, "Do parents even check how safe their children are in a particular school? I am afraid they don't and hence I feel parents are equally responsible for mushrooming of these chains of pre-schools which are nothing but sophisticated creches."
Tawde said many pre-schools hire homemakers as teachers who are not even trained to impart such education. "Children are trained by these individuals who do not even hold a basic degree in training and as a result children are trained in an improper way. Hence, to a large extent it is the parents who must make a wise decision and choose the right school for their child only after the age of three," he said.
RTE Act has been the requirement that 25% reservation of available seats in Class 1, or at the pre-primary stage, in all private and other types of schools, should be reserved for students from disadvantaged groups. The issue was referred to the Supreme Court which ruled in April 2012 that all government aided and specified schools, as well as private schools, with a few exceptions, should provide such reservation.
This section begins with understanding the rationale and various dimensions for this provision. It also provides useful information for parents who want to enrol their children through this 25% ‘free seats’ admission. For school administrators and teachers, this section details procedures and other requirements for admitting these ‘disadvantaged’ children. The challenges of providing effective inclusive classrooms are also featured.
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