The war of words between the UT Administration and Independent Schools Association (ISA) escalated on Thursday, with the administration sending across a “strongly worded” reply to the queries, raised by the ISA, relating to implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act 2009.
Snubbing ISA president H S Mamik, who is also director of Vivek High School, Sector 38, for “raking up the issue on grounds which do not have a bearing on the admission of RTE category”, the administration replied to all the 10 queries.
“There is no reason as to why there should be any confusion on the 10 points raised by you in your letter under reference. Rather it is surprising that you being the president of the Independent Schools Association have yourself violated the provisions of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, by not admitting the children of Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) category, whereas there are 28 other private unaided schools who have filled all 25% seats under the EWS category,” wrote the administration in its communication to Mamik.
When contacted, Mamik said, “We are only asking the administration to first do what is expected from them and then direct us to admit the EWS children. There has been no clarity on reimbursements to be provided to the schools. Besides, even if these 28 schools have filled the reserved RTE seats in full capacity this year and did so last year as well, where are their reimbursements? Is it not a corrupt practice?”
On Tuesday, the administration had directed 30 schools to send details on status of RTE admissions within 24-hours. Instead of sending the details, the ISA shot a letter to the department listing various queries.
In Thursday’s letter, ISA pointed out the following points: The department has not yet done the child and school mapping, no norms have been framed for the verification of disadvantaged children other than EWS, department has not given notification to keep the seats open, there is no decision of reimbursement, no undertaking for providing uniform and books to students of private schools admitted under RTE, and also the status of the schools getting recognition as there has been no inspection in the schools for recognition.
On this, the department has stated that all the issues raised by ISA have “already been looked into”.