Delhi Public School in Ranchi
Principals of Ranchi-based private schools have an arduous task in hand.
They will have to upload details of BPL children studying in their cradles on www.dseranchi.com — the official website of state HRD department. And, the deadline for the job is August 30.
District superintendent of education (DSE) Jayant Mishra on Tuesday issued notices to 62 private schools, asking the principals to furnish details of BPL students. This will help the HRD department to have a rough estimate of how many underprivileged children have enrolled in schools under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009.
In case schools fail to upload the details the month-end, “We are going to take strict action and filed a complaint with the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights,” Mishra warned.
Till date, both CBSE and ICSE affiliated schools used to submit the data manually at the DSE’s office. “We have directed 62 recognised private schools to upload the details so that HRD officials can easily access it,” said Mishra.
The decision was taken after principals failed to comply by the DSE’s instructions.
A month back, Mishra had asked the 62 cradles to submit the details. “However, only 22 schools submitted hardcopy reports. Hence, we thought opting an alternative method and avoiding the paperwork will make our task easy and we will also be able to release funds to meet the BPL candidates expenditure,” the DSE added.
Besides, the Ranchi DSE has also roped in ward members to furnish him details of the total number of BPL students residing in each ward so that the list can be sent to schools. They have distributed forms among these ward members to fill in the details. “So far, we received 67 filled up form from four wards. We hope to receive many more in coming days,” he added.
According to the available data from 22 private schools, only about 288 BPL candidates have enrolled. “The manual data will be uploaded in our portal soon,” Mishra added.
According to the Act, all private schools will have to reserve 25 per cent seats for underprivileged children residing within two to three kilometres of the school. In case seats are not filled up, the cradles can admit BPL students by widening the distance ambit.
Delhi Public School principal J. Mohanty said: “Our school has 15 BPL students. We have already submitted the list at the DSE’s office. We are waiting for the largesse that will be sanctioned to meet their academic expenditure,” he said, adding that they would also upload the data on the website.