Three weeks after the Supreme Court made it mandatory for all the private schools to follow the Right to Education (RTE) Act 2009 from the new academic session starting from 2013, the schools in the city are still clueless about its implementation while they wait for the copy of the order.
"We are still waiting for the court's order. As soon as we receive a copy of the order, we will have to plan few things. Giving separate space to 25% students will not be an easy task," said NN Nayyar, principal, Apeejay School, Sector 16A.
On April 12, the apex court made it clear to all the schools that they would have to follow the RTE act. As per the act, all the schools except unaided minority institutions will have to reserve 25% seats for students belonging to the economically weaker sections in the neighbourhood.
"It's almost a month when the court passed the order. Our school is already having a separate section for such students, but it is fully funded by us. There is no contribution by the government. With the RTE, the government will have to provide us some fund," said Anuradha Sharma, principal, Ryan International School, Sector 39.
There are more than 100 private schools in Noida, some of them already running separate sections for the underprivileged students from their own funds. The schools are now waiting for the final copy of the apex court's order.
"All of us are waiting to get a copy of the ruling. Most of the schools are running a section for the underprivileged students, but now, there should be some clarity regarding the issue," said MKS Sundaram, district magistrate.