COIMBATORE: The MDMK has urged the School Education Department to release details of the number of students admitted in CBSE and ICSE schools in its website.
In a letter to School Education Secretary D Sabitha, MDMK youth wing secretary V Eswaran said, the Directorate of Matriculation Education has released the details of number of students enrolled under the Right To Education (RTE) Act in its website. But, number of students admitted in CBSE and ICSE schools under this Act was not published.
He further said, “The Central boards do not inspect or monitor these CBSE or ICSE schools about compliance of RTE Act. The Inspector of Matriculation Schools say they do not have the power to monitor CBSE or ICSE schools.” When it comes to fee fixation, the state government has the power and the fees for these schools were fixed by the Private Schools Fee Determination Committee headed by Justice S R Singaravelu, he added.
“The state government has the power to implement the RTE Act in all schools. So, the School Education department should take steps to publish details of the number of students admitted under the RTE Act in CBSE and ICSE schools in its website. The state government should monitor CBSE and ICSE schools about the implementation of the Act and take action against schools that do not comply with it,” he demanded.
The Directorate of Matriculation Education had recently released the number of students admitted in matriculation and elementary schools under the RTE Act, in its website. According to this, out of the total 61,875 seats available under RTE Act in 3,673 matriculation schools in the state, only 39,329 seats (63.56 %) were filled up as on June 30. As many as 22,546 seats (36.44 %) remain vacant.
Similarly, out of the total 55,605 seats available under RTE Act in 5,314 elementary schools in the state, only 26,466 seats (47.6 %) were filled up as on June 30. As many as 29,139 seats (52.4 %) remain vacant.