JAMMU, Apr 23: All Private Schools and ETT Institutes Association (Progressive) strongly criticized the casual approach of the State Government towards school education, in its meeting held under the chairmanship of its president, Deep Singh, to discuss the educational scenario of the State and possibilities of countrywide implementation of RTE Act 2009 after the recent judgment of Supreme Court.
The Association said it is unfortunate that instead of a needed joint review over the unjustified clauses of SRO-123 and early renewal of affiliation to the Private Schools, State Government and its agencies seem almost non-serious to put the things on track and the main reason behind this is lack of coordination or a negative attitude towards the Private Schools and non-participation of Private promoters.
The Association stressed upon the need of at least district level education advisory committees with participation of Private stakeholders to streamline the day to day working of the Department including the functioning of State Board of School Education, particularly its utter failure in ETT admission process.
“Despite qualified and well paid teachers, infrastructure and enrolment, the academic conditions of Government Schools are quite poor and on the other hand 25% free admissions to weaker section students in Private Schools would lead to almost closure of Government Schools, on which the Government is spending a huge amount”, said Association leaders.
The Association urged the ruling class to consider their suggestions including laying down parameters for proper identification of weaker section students, deployment of at least 25% of the total teaching staff in a particular Private School having full salary control with itself, diversion of a part of the Government funds being allocated to the States for SSA or RAMSA schemes to the Private Schools for construction of adequate computer labs, libraries, etc depending upon the enrollment and academic performance of a particular School.