Gujrat government to give dole to RTE students

AHMEDABAD: The state government has decided that parents of students admitted under the Right to Education Act will be given Rs 3,000 every year for purchase of books and school uniforms. This is in addition to the financial assistance already announced by the Gujarat government.

Officials said that the dole is meant to act as an incentive for parents to send their children to the schools. The government has already extended a financial assistance of Rs 10,000 per annum for every student’s school fees. The additional funds will be for purchase of bags, dresses and books. This will help the students admitted under RTE to match with those coming from the well to do families. tnn

Officials of the state education department said 20,000 students have been admitted in the state under RTE. The government has set itself a target of 50,000 students for the year 2016-17.

A senior government official said, “Children of financially-weak families often are forced to take up odd jobs rather than going to school. Many parents are not able to send their children to private schools as they cannot afford to pay fees and other miscellaneous expenditure.”

Earlier this year the government has warned that schools caught violating RTE or denying admission to students under this Act will be penalized with a fine of Rs 10,000 for the first mistake and Rs 25,000 for the next. Any school that caught flouting RTE norms five times will have their affiliation cancelled.

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