The President of CBSE, ICSE and State Private Schools Managements Association, Mysore (CISPMAM) R. Raghu has challenged the government that if RTE Act was dropped every private school would adopt a government school to provide quality education so that such schools can be prevented from closure.

He was presiding over a meeting organised by CISPMAM at Hotel Das Prakash in city today to discuss on the hassles of implementing the Right To Education (RTE) Act in private schools.

About 50 representatives of various private schools attended the meeting and deliberated on the topic. CISPMAM President Vice-President Dr. Thomas Becket D’Souza, Secretary S. Ramanathan, CBSE Schools Principals’ Association President K.G. Mathews, Legal Advisor Mahendragowda and others participated.

Briefing the press on the decisions taken at the meeting, Raghu said “Stipulating 25% of the seats reserved for the poor under RTE is irrational and unscientific. The government should bear the tuition cost of such students without which the quality of education cannot be maintained. Before admitting students under RTE, the government should give an acceptance letter to bear the cost of such students which has not been done last year. The court will be moved if the government does not concede to the demand.”

Continuing Raghu said “By increasing the student strength the ratio of teacher to pupils gets skewed which should be rationalised. A court case is pending to reduce the annual income limit for RTE category from Rs. 3.5 lakh to Rs. 1 lakh. Till that is resolved it is better to hold the admissions under RTE. Similarly, a stay order has been brought keeping the minority schools away from RTE which is biased. The Government closing its schools and thrusting private schools to admit poor students under RTE sounds weird and irrational.”

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore