GUWAHATI, March 19 – The State Government has directed all private unaided non-minority schools and schools of specified category, through a notification, to admit children belonging to disadvantaged group and weaker sections in their neighbourhood in Class-I, filling up at least 25 per cent of the total intake capacity of the class, and provide them free and compulsory education till its completion, said an official press release here.
The notification has been issued as per provisions of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 and Assam Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules, 2011.
Further, the notification said those private unaided schools/ specified category schools where pre-school education is imparted, must also admit children from these sections to the extent of at least 25 per cent of the strength of the pre-school class.
Government will reimburse the expenditure incurred by the schools for providing free and compulsory education to the children admitted under this section to the extent of per-child-expenditure incurred by the State, or the actual amount charged from the child, whichever is less. Reimbursement shall be made directly in a separate bank account maintained by the school in two instalments of 50 per cent each during the year in the months of September and January.
The notification further stated that children admitted under these provisions shall not be discriminated from the rest of the children in any manner pertaining to entitlements and facilities and shall not be segregated from the other children in the classroom nor shall their classes be held at places and timings different from the classes held for the other children, nor shall an exclusive section be opened for them.