Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad
Going by the poor response of admissions of poor children in private schools under the RTE (Right to Education) norms the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has worked out a detailed plan this year to ensure 25 percent admissions. The AMC has set a new and higher target this year.
A team of about 200 volunteers from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM-A) will go to various areas of the city and persuade people to fill the forms, Municipal Commissioner D Thara said.
Over 3,000 children from below the poverty line (BPL) families would be given admissions in private schools in the next academic year. The Ahmedabad Municipal school board is facilitating the process and it has started 43 centres where admission forms would be available.
As per the Right to Education (RTE) private schools have to admit 25 percent of poor students in their schools. The Central government pays Rs.10,000 per student to the school as fees.
The AMC run school board and the District Education Office(DEO) has identified 381 schools in the city which will give admissions to poor children. These include 137 English medium, 224 Gujarati medium and 20 Urdu/Sindhi medium schools. She said that the last date for submitting forms is February 25.
Special arrangements would be made at Collector office to issue caste and BPL certificates to families. Thara said that in case the seats are not filled by BPL students than persons having annual income less than Rs.68,000 can apply for it.
School board chairman Jagdish Bhavsar said that as against the target of 2,000 last year only 700 children had taken admissions in private schools across the city. They have been found to perform well. And the drop out ratio was less than 2 percent and that too because the parents were migrants.
He said that initially there are some problems but later on the students mingle with other students and get good results.
A committee headed by Bhavsar, deputy municipal commissioner I K Patel, school board administrator L D Desai and DEO Dr. A K Rathod will supervise the entire process.
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