Govt asks pvt schools to reserve 25% seats for poor students

Bhubaneswar: All private schools in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack will have to offer 25% reservation to poor and differently-abled students, said an official of the School and Mass Education.
 
In a warning note to the authorities of private schools in both the cities Elementary Education Director Sukadeba Dash said, “If any violation of the directive happens, we will take action against concerned school authorities as per the Right to Education (RTE) Act.”
 
With an aim to implement the RTE Act fully, the official said that private schools in twin cities would have to reserve seats for students from poor families or with disabilities living within one km perimeter of a school. If the seats remain vacant then this distance can be increased. School authorities cannot fill up the seats for three months, he added.
 
Though the state government said it would bear part of the expenditure, private schools want more clarity on that.
 
Reacting to the state government’s directive KC Satpathy, Principal, DAV Chandrasekharpur said, “The government should clarify how much money it is going to spend on students from poor families, so that we would plan our annual budget accordingly.”
 
Echoing similar sentiment H Hinduja, Principal, SAI International School said, “We want greater clarity from the state government.”
 
Sources said the state government is also planning to issue similar directives to private schools across the state.