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Private School worried over “Amma Vodi” enrolment

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Private schools have appealed to the state government to rectify discrepancies in uploading data of students for eligibility to the Amma Vodi scheme. Representatives of the private schools say they are facing rough weather from officials owing to many discrepancies in records of students admitted in private and government schools. IN particular, private schools, are facing problems, as many of their students are now opting to join government schools as the state government has introduced English as the medium of instruction.

Certain parents are also shifting their children to government schools, unable to bear the high fee charged by the private schools, apart from getting attracted by the Amma Vodi scheme. The state government has stated that if a parent gives a declaration of shifting his or her child from a private institution to a government school, there will be no need for a transfer certificate (TC) for admitting the student into the government school.

According to sources, nearly 50,000 students have enrolled in government schools from private institutions in the East Godavari district alone. However, according to sources, a student’s name will remain in records of private educational institutions until the student takes the transfer certificate from that school. District Private Schools Organisation (DPSO) president M Srivijay said as per the Education Department, private educational institutions will have to upload their students’ data for the Amma Vodi scheme as per their enrolment records. Otherwise, strict action would be taken against the institution.

Srivijay, however, maintained that they have clear instructions from the government, that though a private school student gets admitted to a government school with the declaration of the parent, it will be the parent’s responsibility to take TC from the respective school and submit it to the government school.

The DPSO president said during inspections of students’ houses by ward volunteers, the latter delete certain names due to reasons like power bill crossing Rs. 300 possession of four-wheeler and other parameters. He questioned how the government could make private schools liable for such errors. District Education Officer (DEO) S Abraham said if any mistakes are made by private educational institutions, such as the Aadhaar number being wrongly uploaded, strict action will be taken against the private school concerned. Compensation to the student will then have to be provided by schools.

Abraham said the first list of Amma Vodi will reach the district headquarters on Monday for the finalization of beneficiaries. If any student, who has taken the Amma Vodi amount last year but is not eligible for this year, he can be given another chance to rectify the mistake, as the list can be modified up to January 9. The DEO said that the government’s motive is that every eligible student should be enrolled under the Amma Vodi scheme without fail.

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