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Rap for teacher, RTE prod

State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR) member Manoj Kumar on Wednesday ordered a teacher, who hit a Class II girl with a ruler, be suspended.

At the same time, Kumar, who came from Ranchi for a recce of schools in and around Jamshedpur, himself rapped East Singhbhum district education bosses for failing to enrol poor children in elite schools under RTE Act norms.

Kumar told the media at Circuit House on Wednesday evening that he was saddened at the fact that BPL quota seats (25 per cent reservations) were largely going empty here.

He added East Singhbhum district superintendent of education Indra Bhushan Singh and district additional director programme officer (Sarva Siksha Abhiyan) Prakash Kumar had assured him that they would remedy matters.

"Both have said they would take steps by October so that not a single BPL student was deprived at the entry level at a private school under RTE Act from next academic session. I will visit in October to check on their progress," he said.

In reply, DSE Singh said they asked Kumar to recommend the state to issue parents income certificates and BPL cards. "BPL cards have not been made for the last four years in the district," Singh said.

Also, he said they would meet authorities of private schools to discuss how to reach out to students in feeder areas (2km-radius).

"We will list all poor applicants for entry-level classes based on their residence proof and advise parents to get children admitted to nearest schools, instead of making a beeline for a handful," DSE Singh added.

Earlier in the day, Kumar also visited the Shastrinagar home of schoolgirl Priya, who was hit by her teacher Suchitra Lata. He examined the bruises on the child's palms.

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