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Schools seek time till SC order
- venue of meet on registration row shifted

Patna, Oct. 14: Private schools of the state today requested the government to wait for the Supreme Court to pass its judgment and not force them to follow the provisions of the Right to Education (RTE) Act before the order.

The co-ordination committee of Public School Associations of Bihar today organised a news meet to voice their protest against various provisions of the RTE Act and the state government directive to them to get registered. The committee comprises five associations — Association of Independent Schools, Bihar, Christian Minority Welfare Association, Bihar Public Schools and Children Welfare Association, Muslim Educational Welfare Association and Private Schools and Children Welfare Association.

The committee also announced that the venue for the state-level convention of the school, scheduled to be held on October 16, has been shifted from SK Memorial Hall to Rabindra Bhavan. The co-ordination committee members claimed that around 3,000 schools would take part in the convention to protest against the state government’s directive to get registered.

Association of Independent Schools, Bihar president M. Hasan said: “We have no problem getting ourselves registered. But the state government should wait for the decision of the Supreme Court. Around 49 cases challenging the RTE Act are yet to be heard.”

He added: “The representative of the state government had themselves issued no-objection certificates to the schools after inspection. Only then did the educational institutions get affiliation from CBSE or ICSE boards. The affiliations are renewed by the board only after verification of the schools.”

Explaining the reason for the change in the venue of the convention, Hasan said: “This had to be done because of a conspiracy of the state government. The state human resource development department has extended the duration of its meeting by a day. It was scheduled to be held only on October 15 earlier.”

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