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July 1 deadline for 238 schools

Only eight of 246 private schools of Bokaro have got back to the district administration with details of their functioning, including internal audit reports, prompting the superintendent of education to issue a final deadline of July 1 for the remaining schools to comply.

DSE Vinit Kumar said this was the last chance for schools to submit the details sought by the administration to monitor adherence to provisions of Right To Education Act.

ďNo one is above the law and every school will have to provide the documents and details demanded,Ē Kumar said, referring to his earlier order issued on the instructions of Bokaro deputy commissioner Uma Shankar Singh, who had been alerted about complaints against private schools by none other than state HRD minister Gitashree Oraon.

The schools that sent in details by June 25, the earlier deadline issued by the district superintendent of education, were Pitts Model School, Gomia; DAV School, Tenughat Thermal Power Station, Lalpania (Gomia); Adarsh Vidya Mandir School, Chas; Bokaro Public School and Bokaro Steel Plant-run Bokaro Ispat vidyalayas (BIV) at sectors VIII-C, XII, IX-B and II-C.

Now, the district administration has decided to wait for a few days more. ďIt is sad that only eight of 246 schools of Bokaro passed relevant information. The last date for filing information is now July 1,Ē Kumar said.

The district education office had sought a number of details from schools namely, information on fees that were being charged under various heads, ranging from admission and development to re-admission and transportation.

This apart, the authorities asked for details on the number of BPL students granted admission; special facilities, if any, that were being provided to them; teaching methods; the kind of penalties imposed or punishment meted out to erring students etc.

Most important, the district education office also sought from schools copies of internal audit reports of the past three years to understand the nature of their finances and whether enough resources were being pumped in to improve quality of education.