The BJP government in the state will bear expenses of 3,000 students from Below Poverty Line (BPL) families if they want to study in private schools from next academic year, said Education Minister Ratanlal Nath.
Nath added children from BPL families earlier could not afford to study in private English medium schools due to high fees, so the state government has decided to bear expenses of 3,000 such students for studying in private schools.
It is clearly stated in Right to Education Act, 2009 that schools have to admit 25 per cent of total students from local poor families at the entry point. Their fees are also specified in the Act. Our government will pay for all expenses of their study in private schools of their choice.
Right to Education was passed in 2009 but was implemented in the state only in 2011 after the state rules were formulated. Surprisingly, no private school in the state placed demands for reimbursement of fees for poor students admitted till 2019, which indicates no such student was admitted in these schools, the Minister claimed. Authorities of 10 renowned private schools in the capital informed us that no students from BPL category were admitted.
As per statistics, 24,000 students have lost their chance to study in private English schools with government support in the Left Front regime. State currently has 4,398 government and government-aided schools besides 335 private schools. State government has also decided to hand over 20 state-run schools including 13 closed institutions to ISKCON to run them.
The 13 schools are closed as they don’t have any student. In 147 other government schools there are a maximum of only 10 students. State government and ‘Indian Tribal Care Trust’ would soon sign a MoU and the terms and conditions include that at least there would be 30 students in each of the schools and the schools must be affiliated to the CBSE or ICSE and they should follow the guidelines of Right to Education Act of the Central government.