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Panel to probe RTE violation

Jamshedpur, May 31: The East Singhbhum district administration today constituted a three-member committee to look into allegations of violation of the Right to Education Act (RTE) by private schools.

The step was taken after the district planning committee, during a meeting at the collectorate yesterday, took strong exception to detention of students up to Class VIII by some leading English-medium schools in the steel city.

In a first such instance in the district, the planning committee’s chairman and health minister Rajendra Prasad Singh directed deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal to probe and recommend actions against schools violating the provisions of the Act.

According to Section 16 of the RTE Act, no child can be detained in any class or expelled from school till completion of his or her elementary education (Class VIII).

The three-member committee, comprising additional district magistrate (law and order) B.K. Munda, subdivisional officer (Dhalbhum) Prem Ranjan and district superintendent of education Indu Bhushan Singh, will have to submit its report by June 30.

“Parents have been complaining about violation of the RTE Act for the past few years. We have received several letters in this regard. The special panel will probe the allegations against schools concerned so that the district administration can fix accountability and take suitable action against the erring schools,” said Kaushal.

However, a number of private schools has been defying the norms, despite repeated plea by the parents’ association.

Reputable schools that are under the scanner include DBMS English High School (Kadma), Ramakrishna Mission School (Sidhgora), Tagore Academy (Sakchi), Kerala Samajam Model School (Sakchi), JH Tarapore School (Dhatkidih), Sacred Heart Convent (Northern Town), Kasidih High School (Kasidih), Sri Krishna Public School (Bistupur), Baldwin Farm Area School (Kadma) and ADLS Sunshine School (Sakchi).

Jamshedpur Abhibhavak Sangh (JAS) president Umesh Kumar exuded confidence that the district administration’s belated move would finally help parents and students get justice.

“We have been complaining about the violation of RTE norms since 2012. Every time the matter was referred to the district superintendent of education, but finally there was no outcome. With the formation of this three-member committee, we hope to get justice this time,” said Kumar.