Swati Shinde Gole-PUNE: The state education department on Thursday notified that all Ashramshalas in the state will now have to comply with Right to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) norms. The notification stated that both aided and unaided Ashramshalas, run by both state as well as the Union government and also Eklavya residential schools will now come under the ambit of RTE.
The education department has also categorized these schools into primary, secondary and higher secondary groups. The state government has said that all RTE norms regarding infrastructure, school facilities, quality of teaching among others will be applicable to these schools as well.
Ashramshalas are residential schools run in tribal areas of the state, whereas Eklavya residential schools are established by the Union ministry of tribal affairs for students from the scheduled tribe living in remote areas of the state.
As per the notification, the state government has put classes I to VIII in primary education category of which classes I to V will be junior primary and classes VI to VIII higher primary. Also, classes IX and X have been categorised as secondary education while classes XI and XII have been categorised as higher secondary education.
Anil Ahire, working committee official at the state education department said, “The RTE rules were being enforced on ashramshalas to bring such schools into mainstream education. To start with, the standards have been classified from primary to secondary categories and these rules will be applicable for all government-run ashramshalas, aided asramshalas and Eklavya residential schools.”
The notification, that was issued to all ashramshalas in the state on Thursday, stated that it will be the responsibility of each ashramshala to make sure that RTE rules are implemented in schools and that students are imparted free education.
Ahire said, “The rules of RTE will be applicable to these ashramshalas from the current academic year and hence all the respective officials must start implementing them with immediate effect. If they need to have the right infrastructure in place, then it should be provided. If toilets, classrooms, headmasters’ room, ramps among other facilities need to be constructed then it should be done immediately.”
The state government has notified that ashramshala officials must prepare a report on the facilities their schools are falling short of as per RTE and submit it to the state government.