Last updated time: March 10, 2023 at 3:37 PM IST
The instructions come after several reminders to complete this school verification process (Representative Image)
The state education department and DEO will soon start the admission process under the RTE act and only verified schools will be allowed to admit students for the new academic session.
Ahmedabad’s District Education Officer (DEO) has directed 40 schools in the city to undergo the necessary inspection for admissions for the new academic year under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009. The DEO has also asked these schools to complete the verification process by March 10, Times of India reported.
The instructions come after several reminders for these schools to complete the verification process. The report further suggests that the state education department and DEO will soon start the admission process under the RTE act and only verified schools will be allowed to admit students for the new academic session.
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The school inspection process began in January of this year. Schools have also been instructed to complete the process as soon as possible. Initially, they were asked to complete the inspection by February 27. However, due to the delay, the deadline for placement of schools has been extended.
Besides, sources said, the schools that are yet to be inspected under the RTE act include several very popular schools located in the eastern part of the city.
Earlier this month, the DEO wrote to around 200 primary schools in Ahmedabad to provide details of children admitted under the RTE act. The report had to be submitted as soon as possible so that the schools could recover the payment amount.
Under the RTE act/rules, the state government usually provides a grant of Rs 13,500 per child to private schools for admission. Schools usually award the grant in March each year. Additionally, schools charging less than Rs 13,500 as fees will be refunded the actual fees.
According to media reports, about 70,000 children from economically disadvantaged families have been admitted under the RTE Act in 2022.
Schools that don’t provide information make it difficult for the education department to calculate funds due by the end of the fiscal year. DEO to these schools if they do not provide the details within the given time; no grant is paid to them.
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