What is the status of the implementation of the RTE Act in the country?
Reply to an application filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act has shown the poor performance of the private CBSE schools of Tamilnadu regarding the implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act.
As per the information provided by 128 of the total 390 CBSE schools in the state, just 38 had admitted students under RTE. The information received from the CBSE regional office in Chennai has shown that only 762 of the 3,055 seats allocated in these 128 schools had been filled even though 2,958 applications were received by these schools received for the 3,055 available seats. Information from the rest of the 262 schools is yet to be received.
RTE has been publicised as a major education reform measure of the government. Under the RTE Act, there is a provision to compensate the private unaided schools for admitting the children under the 25 per cent reservation clause. Such a poor track record of the implementation of the scheme in Tamilnadu raises a question whether the same is the status elsewhere in the country?