The Tripura Government has warned 335 private run schools for violating Right to Education Act (RTEA) while admitting students for last nine years and asked the department to identify the officials for whom as many as 27,000 children of under privileged section were deprived of getting admission.
However, the fact has been admitted by Tripura Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath and said that it is due to the negligence of the Left Front Government that the most important provision of RTEA was violated and the meritorious poor students could not get entry into the convent schools.
According to the rules of RTEA framed in 2011, the private schools have to allow at least 25 percent of the poor students at entry level residing within one to three kilometers distance from the school. The rules also said that the monthly expenditure of those students would be paid by the state government and later provisioned to get reimbursement from ministry of human resource development (MHRD).
Nath said that the then government and its administration did not bother to ensure the admission of the poor students in posh schools despite the schools know the provision of the Act. He further stated that neither the schools nor the government took any steps to comply with the provision of RTEA for which the students have to be deprived of the callous action of the administration and that the present government has taken it seriously.
The minister also pointed out that all the private schools were asked to ensure the admission of 25 percent of under privileged students from next academic session as per the rule and also warned them to be careful about compliance of directions of central and state government besides the court orders.