Raipur: Under the provisions of the Right to Education Act, admissions have been made in various schools in Chhattisgarh, with students in primary classes getting better grades in academic assessment than those in higher classes, and student enrollment has increased year after year.
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After enrolling in schools under RTE, approximately 54% students are learning their curriculum in Hindi, 44% students are learning their curriculum in English and 2% students are learning bilingual across the state, according to a report titled “10 years RTE in Chhattisgarh”.
School Education Minister Prem Sai Singh Tekkam has released a 10-year report on RTE in Chhattisgarh, created by Indus Action, a New Delhi-based non-governmental organization that studies students’ different disciplines and their levels of success.
The report said that since the inception of the MIS portal in 2017 to facilitate the admission process under the provisions of the RTE Act, the enrollment rate of students in three academic sessions has increased by 14.5 per cent over the years. .
In 2019-20, the highest number of seat registrations under the RTE Act was in Bilaspur where Mahasamund district with 85 per cent seat filling rate and Bilaspur topped with 35 per cent. Efforts to promote girls’ education have also yielded positive results, with the total gender gap for students dropping from 10 per cent in 2010-11 to 3 per cent in 2019-20.
Also, even during the epidemic period, a total of 52,160 students in the state were admitted under RTE in the 2020-21 academic year.
“Chhattisgarh has always excelled in implementing RTE laws”, said the school education minister. Premsai Singh Tekom said while briefing about the purpose of the report. The report assesses the improvement in children’s learning and the social inclusion of economically weaker, socially backward sections of society who are benefiting from the law.
Currently, more than 3.01 lakh students across the state are pursuing their studies under the provisions of RTE Act. According to the state’s RTE portal, there are 6,511 private schools registered under the Act, with 83,006 seats for the 2021-22 academic year. With the completion of the second and final round of the lottery for the 2021-22 academic year, 47,382 admissions were processed, recording a completion rate of 53.6 percent, the report said.
According to the main observations made in this report, 60 per cent of the students enrolled under this Act are from the economically weaker sections of the society and 40 per cent from the socially disadvantaged groups in the state. An online MIS portal, established in 2017 to facilitate the admission process, has launched an online lottery system and ensured timely redressal of complaints from various stakeholders, improving the seat filling rate in the state.
The report further states that the process of refunding money from the state to schools has improved over the last three years and has reduced the time and delay in transferring funds to the beneficiaries. At present, a total of Rs 161.5 crore has been disbursed in the accounts of unresolved schools from the state level from 2014-15 to 2019-20 in the 2020-21 session.
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