Ranchi, March 20: A delegation of Jharkhand Private Schools Association today called on governor Syed Ahmed and requested him to grant them more time to fulfil all provisions of the RTE Act.
Their memorandum added there were 5,158 privately managed schools in the state accommodating 1,947,425 students and employing over 55,580 teachers and staff.
Over 90 per cent of the schools will be forced to shut down if the RTE Act “suddenly” became fully functional.
The RTE Act was passed by Parliament on August 4, 2009. It specifies that all schools ought to build requisite infrastructure by March 31, 2013. In Jharkhand, this law became functional on May 11, 2010.
The delegation added that several states including Bengal and Bihar had extended leases to the schools functioning under their domains.