Gandhinagar: The state government in the last five years (as of June 2019) has given admission to more than three lakh students under the Right to Education (RTE) Act. It has also collected fines from 21 schools for failing to implement RTE.
Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, in a written reply to Congress MLA Himmatsinh Patel, has said that around 1.84 lakh students in 33 districts were given admission under the RTE Act, while just over 1.2 lakh students from seven cities were given admissions under RTE.
The minister also stated in the reply that in nine districts, close to 30 schools have not complied with the RTE norms and of them, 21 schools have been penalized. The state government has collected penalties of Rs 15.25 lakh from them.
The state has collected the highest penalty, of Rs1.6 lakh from Vibrant Waves from Mangrol Taluka in Narmada district.
As far Navvidhan School of Vinchhiya in Rajkot is concerned, the state government has withdrawn its permission for Class 6 to 8 for not giving admission under the RTE act.
The state has not acted against seven schools as their petitions are pending either before the high court or the supreme court.
Schools hit: Other schools that have paid fines of more than Rs1 lakh include Anglesh Primary School, Dediyapada, Vatsalya Vidhyalay, Rajpipla, MyShannen School, Vadia, Crystal Public School and G S L from Lachras in the Narmada district. From the Aravalli district, Takshashila English Medium School, Bayad, Gandhinagar International Public School, Bayad, New Leap International school, Modasa paid hefty fines.