Private unaided schools want exemption from RTE, RTI

An umbrella organisation of private unaided schools in the country on Friday demanded bringing an amendment to the Right to Education Act to exempt them from the law to "ensure their autonomy".

Last Updated: Dec 24, 2010, 22:19 PM IST

New Delhi: An umbrella organisation of
private unaided schools in the country on Friday demanded bringing
an amendment to the Right to Education Act to exempt them from
the law to "ensure their autonomy".
The National Convention of Private Unaided Schools
Associations in a resolution passed at a conference here
said that the Act should not be applicable to unaided schools
in the country.

The conference also passed another resolution stating
that they should be exempted from disclosure of information
under RTI and that government has no role in the inspection
and audit of schools which do not get any aid from the
government.

"It was unanimously resolved in the convention that
the provisions of Right to Information Act are not applicable
on the unaided private schools and, therefore, the government
departments should not entertain any applications made under
the Act," said a release issued by the organisation.
The organisation also demanded that taxes like
property tax, water and electricity charges should be levied
at highly concessional rates and not on commercial rates as
private schools are run on "no profit no loss basis".

Earlier speaking at the conference, Union Corporate
Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid hoped that genuine grievances
of the private schools will be looked into by the Union HRD
Ministry.

"There may be areas in which you would like more work
to be done. I am sure (HRD Minister) Kapil Sibal will be
willing to hear you, willing to respond and willing to take
steps necessary to improve upon basic structure of the
legislation," he said.

PTI