Maharashtra govt orders crackdown on schools evading RTE admissions

The Maharashtra School Education Department has ordered a crackdown on 674 schools that are not accredited under the RTE Act before enrolling students under the Right to Education (RTE). Mumbai alone has 239 such schools, the most in the state.

The Office of Education Director (Secondary Schools) Krishnakumar Patil issued an order last week saying that “immediate action should be taken against these schools or disciplinary action will be taken against officials of the department.” Unaccredited schools will have to pay Rs 10,000 per day if they continue to operate. rupee.

According to the Education Department, there are several schools that do not register for RTE approval or renewal to evade RTE admissions. Under RTE, 25% of the total seats are reserved for the economically weaker groups in society. Schools are expected to provide free education to these children and claim reimbursement from central and state governments. Of the 674 schools on the list, 560 are primary schools and 114 are secondary schools.

Meanwhile, school registration for RTE admissions for the 2023-24 school year has begun. As the process will be a centralized system, school registration will continue until February 3. The Office of the Superintendent of Education responsible for RTE admissions has issued a circular reiterating that all eligible schools are required to register for RTE admissions.

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