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No 25% quota in schools this year

Even as educationists cheer the Supreme Court order upholding the constitutional validity of the Right to Education (RTE) Act, the implementation of the clause that requires schools to reserve 25% of their seats for students from the economically weaker sections, is unlikely to happen this year.

mumbai Updated: Apr 13, 2012 01:15 IST
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Even as educationists cheer the Supreme Court order upholding the constitutional validity of the Right to Education (RTE) Act, the implementation of the clause that requires schools to reserve 25% of their seats for students from the economically weaker sections, is unlikely to happen this year.

The state government had notified some of the rules under the RTE Act last October.

These included the no-fail policy till Class 8, no screening during admissions, and formulating school management committees.

While schools have been asked to implement these rules, the government is yet to notify the rules on the 25% reservation clause.

The state government is required to outline who would be eligible to seek admission under the 25% quota, and the amount it would pay schools for each child admitted under the quota.

“The Central government has given states time till 2013 to implement the RTE Act. We have time till next year to come up with our norms and we are working on it. However, 80% of the rules have been notified,” said an education department official.

“I do not want to comment on the implementation of the 25% clause right now as I have not read the copy of the judgment,” said JS Saharia, principal secretary, school education.

The education department plans to send a group of officers to Madhya Pradesh, where the state government has implemented the RTE Act and the 25% quota clause.

“After April 20, we will send a group of officials to Madhya Pradesh where they will study the implementation of the RTE Act. Based on the feedback we will work around the rules under the RTE Act for Maharashtra,” said Sanjay Deshmukh, director, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.

However, educationists said there is no justification for the delay in implementing the RTE Act, which came into force in April 2010.

“Even while the Supreme Court has given the judgment, the government is not working towards implementing the Act. Private schools have been taking advantage of this for a long time,” said Jayant Jain, president, Forum for Fairness in Education.