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Glare on schools over BPL students

English medium schools in Jamshedpur will have to submit details about admissions in entry level classes to the district administration within a week.

A decision to this effect was taken by East Singhbhum district superintendent of education (DSE) Abhay Shankar after nearly 65 parents armed with BPL cards and with an annual income in the range of Rs 48,000-Rs 50,000 demonstrated at the district collectorate under the banner of Jamshedpur Abhibhavak Sangh, alleging violation of Right to Education (RTE) norms.

The parents, some of whom had come with their wards who were denied admission in elite English medium schools, withdrew their agitation after an hour at 11.45am as additional district magistrate (law and order) Ajit Shankar met them and directed the DSE to look into the matter.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Shanker said taking cognisance of the complaints, all the 60-odd private English medium schools would be asked to submit their admission details.

“We have drafted a letter which would be sent to all schools, directing them to submit details of admission in entry level classes, clearly specifying total number of seats, the number of seats reserved for BPL and number of BPL candidates enrolled. We would also seek details about feeder area of the BPL candidates admitted in their schools. The schools would have to submit a soft copy of their details within a week,” said the DSE.

After getting the details, the district education department would be analysing each school’s admission details to check if they have adhered to RTE norms in terms of admission under BPL quota. Those schools found violating the norms would be directed to comply with rules.

“According to RTE norms, school would give priority to those BPL candidates residing within two to three kilometres from the school for admission under BPL quota (25 per cent). However, if seats remain vacant then they can increase the distance barrier from the school till all BPL seats are filled,” said an education department official.

The English medium schools in the city had announced results for entry level classes on January 19 this year.

Jamshedpur Abhibhavak Sangh president Umesh Kumar said few of the English medium schools had not admitted BPL students despite being shown income certificates.

“We will wait for the outcome of the administration’s directive to the schools. If the schools do not comply, we will continue with our agitation,” said Kumar.