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Admission fiat relaxed

Jamshedpur, Jan. 4: The East Singhbhum administration has decided to stay away from admission of children to entry-level classes in private schools from this year, and intervene only in case of a complaint about irregularities in the process.

The move will allow around 60 schools in the steel city to use their own methods to select children for admission to upper kindergarten, kindergarten, lower kindergarten or Class I.

The administration took the decision during a meeting at the district collectorate today. DC Amitabh Kaushal, ADM (law and order) Ajit Shankar and DSE Indu Bhusan Singh, among others, were present.

“According to provisions of the RTE Act, we are not expected to engage ourselves in the random selection process adopted by schools at the entry level,” said DSE Singh, who is also the nodal officer of the RTE cell in the district.

However, she said the administration would take necessary steps if and when required to protect the interests of children and their parents.

“We will only act on complaints lodged by aggrieved parents,” she explained.

Under the act, schools have to reserve 25 per cent of the seats for children from economically weak sections of society. Parents can lodge complain if a school does not give priority to children living in the feeder area — that is within 1km radius of the school.

In the past couple years, the selection process was done in the presence of an administrative observe. Also, the schools had to send the list of selected children to the administration for scrutiny.

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