Bhopal: Making the state government’s stand on Right to Education amply clear, Madhya Pradesh School Education Minister Archana Tipnis cautioned the management of private schools that action would be taken against schools which do not reserve 25 percent seats for the poor children or deny admission to children belonging to the marginalized section.

Tipnis was addressing a one-day workshop on implementation of the Right to Education Act (RTE) here on Wednesday.

“You should have proper information regarding RTE Act. You should also make the marginalized section aware about the right. Action must be taken against the schools which err in performing their responsibilities,” Chitnis told the officials attending the workshop.

The Minister further said the government is mulling over providing free books and uniforms to the children of marginalized section taking admission in private schools.

Deliberating over the procedural aspects in the admission process, she said in case the number of applicants seeking admission exceeds 25 percent quota, admission must be granted through a lucky draw. Parents should be informed about the lottery system well on time.

Tipnis also assured that RTE norms should be adhered strictly not only in private schools but also in government schools.
She directed the officials to keep an account of the number of private schools in their jurisdiction and the number of seats available for the marginalized section.

As per the Act, she said, no children will be detained in the class up to the completion of primary education. In order to get promoted, students would be required to have 75 per cent attendance in the class.

Chitnis also said the teachers’ attendance should also be made mandatory for ensuring better attendance of students.