Ghaziabad: It is expected that more than 30 private schools in Ghaziabad (UP) may be de-recognized by the government for not following the Right to Education Act rules to admit 25% of their seats to children aged between three and six years who belong to the downtrodden of society and disadvantaged groups.
After getting complaints against such schools, the education department and administration came into action and started marking those that had not allotted seats under the RTE category.
So far, the education department has identified 54 schools that are violating the RTE Act by not admitting students from underprivileged backgrounds.
We have already issued notices to these schools. Of them, 20 schools reacted to the notices and obeyed the norms. But 34 schools have not responded yet, “Ghaziabad magistrate Gambhir Singh said.
The administration has been planning to write to the Central Board of Secondary Education and the Uttar Pradesh State Board of High School and Intermediate Education to end the recognition of the 34 schools that were not following RTE rules. Regarding this, a meeting is to be held on Friday.
According to the education department, it is likely that 4,000 seats have to be filled in the different private schools in Ghaziabad. The admission of children through RTE takes place after a three-phase lottery system. Despite the completion of two rounds, we found that 54 schools have not provided a single seat under the category, “an official from the education department said.
The education department issued notices against all the 54 schools, and 20 schools responded quickly and admitted approximately 1,500 students under the RTE category, the official said. Meanwhile, 34 students are mum in spite of getting notice.
These schools have 2,500 seats under the RTE category. Disciplinary action against these schools is to be taken, including deregistration from the respective education board, “the official added.