Andhra Pradesh State issue GO.20 for Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules 2010. In this article, we are giving more details from here.
GOVERNMENT OF ANDHRA PRADESH
School Education – The Andhra Pradesh Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules 2010 under the provisions of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act,2009 (Act No.35 of 2009) – Notification – issued
SCHOOL EDUCATION (P .E .PROG.I) DEPARTMENT
GO.Ms.No. 20 Dated:03.03.2011
|Subject||AP Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules|
Read the following:-
- Gazette of India Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act,2009 dt.26.8.2009
- From the Ministry of Human Resource Development (Dept of S.E. & Literacy), Notification dt.16.2.2010.
- G.O.Rt.No.174, Education (PE.Prog.1) Dept. dt.31.03.2010
- From the State Project Director, Rajiv Vidya Mission, AP, Hyderabad Lr.Rc.No.165/RVM (SSA) /B12/2009,dt.4.09.2010
Parliament enacted the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act,2009 (Act No.35 of 2009) to provide free and compulsory education to all children of the age of six to fourteen years.
- The Ministry of Law and Justice, have issued a Gazette notification (Extraordinary) No.359, dated 16.02.2010 under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act,2009 appointing the 01.04.2010 as the date on which the provisions of the said Act shall come into force in the state.
- After careful consideration, the State Government have decided to issue the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules, 2010 for the State of Andhra Pradesh under the provisions of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act,2009 (Central Act No.35 of 2009).
- The Commissioner, Printing and Stationery and Stores Purchase, AP, Hyderabad is requested to publish the following Notification in an Extraordinary issue of the Andhra Pradesh Gazette dt. 05.03.2011.
- This order issues with the concurrence of Finance Department vide their U.O.No. 29712 /517 /Expr.SE /2010, dated.26.11.2010
NOTIFICATION – I
In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (i) of Section 38 of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act’,2009 (Act No.35 of 2009), the Governor of Andhra Pradesh hereby makes the following Rules.
- Short title: These Rules may be called “The Andhra Pradesh Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules, 2010”.
- They shall be deemed to have come into force with effect from 1st April 2010.
(I) In these rules, unless the context otherwise requires,
(1) ‘Act’ means The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009.Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules
(2) “Anganwadi’ means an Anganwadi Centre established under the Integrated Child Development Scheme of the Ministry of Women and Child Development of the Government of India
(3) ‘Child’ means any child male or female in the age group of 6 to 14 years and includes a child who has completed five years of age as on 1st September of the year of admission.
(4) A child belonging to socially disadvantaged group means and includes a child belonging to the scheduled caste, scheduled tribe, orphans, Migrant and Street children, Children With Special Needs and HIV affected/infected children.
(5) A child belonging to Weaker Sections means a child belonging to BC, Minorities and includes OCs whose parents’ income does not exceed Rs. 60,000/- Per annum.
(6) ‘Collector’ means the head of civil and revenue administration in the district
(7) ‘Corporator’ means elected member of award of a Municipal Corporation within the limits of Andhra Pradesh or of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation.
(8) ‘Councilor’ means elected member of award of an urban local body
(9) ‘District’ means a revenue district of the State.
(10) ‘District Educational Officer (DEO)’ means the officer responsible for implementing the programs for elementary education at the district level.
(11) “ECE” means Early Childhood Care Centers established by Sarva Siksha Abhiyan in the premises of primary schools or elsewhere to provide pre-school education to the children in the age group of 3-5 years.
(12) ‘Elementary School’ means a school that imparts education between class I and class VIII. It includes all existing schools in Andhra Pradesh, namely, Primary, Upper Primary & High Schools having these classes.
(13) ‘Free Education’ means and includes providing elementary education to all children with no direct costs like fees/capitation fees, or indirect costs like-kind/services/fees for stationery, etc. to be borne by the parents of the child. The Government shall provide free textbooks, notebooks @ 1 notebook per subject and other writing material, midday meals with Nutritional values, uniforms in neighborhood schools run by the Government.
(14) ‘Gram Panchayat’ means Gram Panchayat constituted under the Andhra Pradesh Panchayati Raj Act 1994.
(15) ‘Local authority’ means the Mandal Parishad / Zilla Parishad / municipalities as the case may be, in their respective jurisdictions for the purposes of the Act.
(16) “Mandal Educational Officer (MEO)’ means the officer responsible for implementing the programs for elementary education at the Mandal level.
(17) ‘Mandal Resource Person (MRP)’ means a resource teacher who coordinates academic activities in a cluster of schools
(18) ‘Neighborhood area of a school’ means the habitations in a safe walking distance of 1 km for a Primary School, 3 km for an Upper Primary / High School having classes VI to VIII.
(19) ‘Out of School Child’ means a child in the age group of 6-14 who has not completed elementary education (who is either never enrolled in the school or dropped out without completing elementary education). A pupil of an elementary school absent for more than one month shall also be considered to be an out of school child.
(20) ‘Primary school’ means a school that imparts education between class I and class V.
(21) ‘Sarpanch’ means elected head of the Gram Panchayat.
(22) “School mapping” means planning school location to overcome social barriers and geographical distance and includes assessing the availability of schooling facilities for elementary education based on certain fixed norms and standards in terms of location, infrastructure, teachers, by using the method of distance matrix between one habitation and other habitations. It includes The Geographical Information System (GIS) mapping of all the schools in Andhra Pradesh prepared by the Rajiv Vidya Mission (SSA), Andhra Pradesh.
(23) ‘State’ means the state of Andhra Pradesh
(24) ‘State Government’ means the Government of Andhra Pradesh.
(25) ‘Specified Category’ in relation to a school means the residential schools including Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (KGBVs) and Minority residential schools run by Andhra Pradesh Residential Educational Institutions Society (APREIS), Andhra Pradesh Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society (APSWREIS), Andhra Pradesh Tribal Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society (APTWREIS), Ashram Schools run by Integrated Tribal Development Agencies (ITDAs), Sports schools run by Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh (SAAP) in addition to Kendriya Vidyalayas, Navodaya Vidyalayas, Sainik Schools for the purposes of sub-clause
(III) of clause (n) of section (2) of the Act.
(26) “The Academic Authority under the Act” means The State Council for Educational Research and Training, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.
(27) “The Implementing Authority of the Act” means the State Project Director, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, and it includes the Commissioner and Director of School Education, Andhra Pradesh.
(28) ‘Walking Distance’ means the distance covered by a child from habitation to the school.
(29) ‘Ward Member’ means elected member of award of Gram Panchayat. All other words and expressions used herein and not defined but defined in the Act shall have the same meaning respectively assigned to them in the Act.Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules
- Special Training For Out of School Children
(1) The School Management Committee/ Local Authority shall identify children requiring special training and organize such training in the following manner, namely:
(a) The special training shall be based on specially designed, age-appropriate learning material, approved by the academic authority specified in section 29(1) of the Act.
(b) It shall be provided in classes held on the premises of the school, or in classes organized in safe residential facilities.
(c) It shall be provided by teachers working in the school, or by teachers specially engaged for the purpose.
(d) The duration shall be for a minimum period of three months which may be extended, based on a periodical assessment of learning progress, for a maximum period not exceeding two years.
(2) The child shall upon induction into the age-appropriate class after special training, continue to receive special attention by the teacher to enable him/her to successfully integrate with the rest of the class, academically and emotionally.
(3) The School Management Committees may involve Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Self Help Groups (SHGs) in mobilization and identification of Out-of-School children.
- Access to Educational Facilities under the Act
(1) The areas or limits of a neighborhood within which a school has to be established by the State Government shall be as under:-
(a) In respect of children in classes I – V, a school shall be established within a walking distance of one km of the neighborhood.
(b) In respect of children in classes VI-VIII, a school shall be established within a walking distance of 3 km of the neighborhood.
(2) Wherever required, the State Government shall upgrade existing primary schools with classes I – V by adding classes VI-VIII and in case of existing Upper Primary schools having classes I –VII by adding class VIII.Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules
(3) In areas with difficult terrain, risk of landslides, floods, lack of roads and in general, danger for young children in the approach from their homes to the school, the Government/Local Authority shall locate the school in such a manner as to avoid such dangers, by reducing the limits specified under sub-rule (1).
(4) For children from small hamlets or any other place as identified by the State Government/Local Authority, where no school exists within the area or limits of neighborhood specified under sub-rule (1) above, the Government/Local Authority shall make adequate arrangements, such as free transportation, residential facilities, and other facilities, for providing elementary education in a school, in relaxation of the limits specified under sub-rule (1).
(5) In areas with high population density, the Government/Local Authority may consider the opening more sections in the neighborhood school or to establish more than one neighborhood school, having regard to the number of children in the age group of 6-14 years in such areas.
(6) The Local Authority shall identify the neighborhood school (s) where children can be admitted and make such information public for each habitation within its jurisdiction.
(7) In respect of children with disabilities which prevent them from accessing the school, the Government/Local Authority shall endeavor to make appropriate and safe transportation arrangements for them to attend school and complete elementary education. In case of severe disability, the Government shall make arrangements for Home-Based Education of such children who cannot be safely transported to neighborhood schools.
(8) The Government/Local Authority shall ensure that access of children to the school is not hindered on account of social and cultural factors and the state shall endeavor to discourage setting up of schools exclusively for socially disadvantaged groups in their respective habitations in future so that mainstreaming of all children in the neighborhood school is achieved.
(9) In areas affected by civil unrest and in respect of children in difficult circumstances, the Government shall notify schools as safe zones for children to enable them to continue their education uninterrupted. In case of disruption of schooling, all the children shall be accommodated in residential schools where their education can resume safely.
- Duties of State Government and Local Authority
(1) The Government /Local Authority shall ensure that a child attending a school of the State Government or Local authority referred to in sub-clause (i) of clause (n) of section 2 of the Act, a child attending a school referred to in sub-clause (ii) of clause (n) of section 2 of the Act in pursuance of clause (b) of sub section (1) of section 12 of the Act, and a child attending a school referred to in sub-clause (iii) (to the extent of the residential schools run by Andhra Pradesh Residential Educational Institutions Society, Andhra Pradesh Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society, Gurukulam and other schools run by Government Educational Societies) and run by other Government Departments and the children admitted in the schools as defined in by Sub-clause (iv) of clause (n) of section 2 of the Act in pursuance of clause (c) of sub section (1) of section 12 of the Act shall be entitled to free text books, uniforms, writing materials, and other facilities as prescribed by the Government of India /Government of Andhra Pradesh.Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules
Provided that a child with disabilities shall also be entitled to free education with barrier-free environment and special material, uniforms and books supplied by the State.
Provided further that all the teachers in regular schools shall be trained in appropriate teaching methods for Child With Special Need for the purpose of inclusive education.
Explanation: In respect of the child admitted in pursuance of clause (b) of subsection
(1) of section 12 of the Act and a child admitted in pursuance of clause (c) of sub-section (1) of section 12, of the Act the responsibility of providing the free entitlements shall be of the school referred to in sub-clause (ii) of clause (n) of section 2 of the Act and of sub-clauses (iii) and (iv) of clause (n) of section 2, of the Act respectively.
(2) For the purpose of determining and for establishing neighborhood schools, the Government/Local authority shall undertake school mapping, and identify all children, including children in remote areas, children with disabilities, children belonging to disadvantaged groups, children belonging to weaker sections and children referred to in section 4 of the Act within a period of one year from the appointed date, and every year thereafter updated as on 30th September of each year.
(3) The Government/Local Authority shall ensure that no child is subjected to caste, class, religious or gender abuse in the school and that no child is denied admission into any school public or private on the basis of caste/class/religion and gender.
(4) For the purposes of clause (c) of section 8 and clause (c) of section 9 of the Act, the Government and the Local Authority shall ensure that a child belonging to a weaker section and a child belonging to disadvantaged group is not segregated or discriminated against in the classroom, during mid-day meals, in the playground, in the use of common drinking water and toilet facilities, and in the cleaning of toilets or classrooms.
- Maintenance of records of children by Local Authority
(1) The Local Authority shall maintain a record of all children, in its jurisdiction, through a household survey, from their birth till they attain the age of 14 years. A unique number may be given to every child to monitor his/her enrolment attendance learning achievement and transition to the next higher classes. The household survey should also be conducted to identify the children in migrant locations, workplaces, unregistered habitations, etc.
(2) The record referred to in sub-rule (1) above, shall be updated each year.
(3) The record referred to in sub-rule (1) above shall be maintained transparently, in the public domain, and used for the purposes of clause (e) of section 9
(4) The record referred to in sub-rule (1) shall, in respect of every child, include:-
(a) Name, sex, date of birth, (Birth Certificate Number), place of birth;
(b) Parents’ / guardians’ names, address, occupation;
(c) Pre-primary School/Anganwadi center that the child has attended (up to age six ) or attending.
(d) School where the child is admitted;
(e) Present address of the child;
(f) Class in which the child is studying (for children between age 6-14), and if education is discontinued in the territorial jurisdiction of the Local Authority, the cause of such discontinuance;
(g) Whether the child belongs to the weaker sections;
(h) Whether the child belongs to a disadvantaged group;
(i) Details of children requiring special facilities / residential facilities on account of migration and sparse population; age-appropriate admission; disability.
(5) The Local Authority shall ensure that the names of all children enrolled in the schools under its jurisdiction are publicly displayed in each school.
(6) The Government may in consultation with the Commissioner and Director of School Education and State Project Director, Rajiv Vidya Mission (Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan) evolve a child tracking system so as to monitor not only the academic progress of children in the schools but also their retention, transition, and migration.
(7) The Government shall make appropriate arrangements for tracking the children migrating from one district to another within the state or children of the families migrating from Andhra Pradesh to other states or children of the families migrating from other states into Andhra Pradesh along with their parents, so as to ensure continuity of elementary education.
(8) The Government shall provide seasonal hostels in the villages known for the migration of labor, either on a seasonal basis or for a longer time cycle so that the children will stay back when their parents migrate to other places and so that these children are provided education and suitable residential facility in spite of their parent’s migration.
(9) The Government shall make arrangements for the education of the migrant children coming from other states, by setting up on-site schools at the workplaces where the migrant labor from other states are engaged in any economic activity in groups, in consultation with the state concerned wherefrom the labor have migrated with families and children and as far as may be practicable, the teaching material and the textbooks shall be in their respective mother tongue.
- Admission of children belonging to weaker sections and disadvantaged groups
(1) The school referred to in sub-clauses (iii) and (iv) of clause (n) of section 2 of the Act shall ensure that children admitted in pursuance of clause (c) of subsection (1) of section 12 of the Act shall not be segregated from the other children in the classrooms nor shall their classes be held at places and timings different from the classes held for the other children.
(2) The school referred to in sub-clauses (iii) and (iv) of clause (n) of section 2 of the Act shall ensure that children admitted in pursuance of clause (c) of section 12 (1) of the Act shall not be discriminated from the rest of the children in any manner pertaining to entitlements and facilities such as textbooks, uniforms, library and Information, and Communication Technology (ICT) facilities, extracurricular activity and sports.Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules
- Proof of Residence:
(1) Any of the following documents may be taken for proof of Residence to decide whether the child belongs to the neighborhood or not:
(a) Ration Card,
(b) Pattadar Pass Book,
(c) Electricity Bill,
(d) House-Tax Receipt or extract of the House-Tax register maintained by the Gram Panchayat / Municipality / Corporation.
(e) Telephone Bill if any or any other document as specified by the Government from time to time
(2) The areas or limits of neighborhood specified in sub-rule (1) of rule 5 shall apply to admissions made in pursuance of clause (c) of sub-section (1) of section 12 of the Act;
Provided that if the requisite percentage of seats for children referred to in clause (c) of sub-section (1) of section 12 of the Act is not filled up, the area or limits shall extend to 3 km for the purpose; Provided further that the school may, for the purposes of filling up the requisite percentage of seats for children referred to in clause (c) of sub-section (1) of section 12, extend the limit with prior permission of the District Educational Officer. Provided further that before extending the limits of the local area, the Mandal Educational Officer shall ensure that all the seats in the Government School have been filled up.
(3) The Chairperson of the School Management Committee shall maintain a list of the children belonging to disadvantaged groups and weaker sections in the neighborhood area of every private school and specified category schools within his/her jurisdiction.
(4) The following order of preference shall be followed by the schools covered by sub. Clauses II, III, IV of Clause (n) of Section 2 of the Act in admitting the children referred to in clauses (b) and (c) of subsection (1) of section 12 of the said Act.
(a) Disadvantaged groups:
Orphans, HIV affected and disabled = 5%
SC = 10%
ST = 4%
(b) Weaker sections which include other viz., BC, Minorities, OCs (whose annual income does not exceed Rs. 60,000/- per annum) = 6%, Total = 25%
Note 1) The above arrangement of reservation in sequential order is applicable to private schools in plain areas. Where orphans, HIV affected and disabled are not available or available only to a certain extent such vacancies will be filled by STs and SCs. After exhausting all applications for admission of Orphans, HIV affected and disabled, SC and ST if any seats remain unfilled such seats will be added to the percentage of weaker sections.Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules
2) In Tribal areas, all ST children should be admitted first. After exhausting applications of ST children, SC children may be admitted. After exhausting the SC, the remaining seats will be filled by others.
3) In Minority institutions, all candidates belonging to minority concerned should be considered for filling first. After exhausting applications of
Minorities the leftover seats may be filled in the order of ST, SC, and BC.
- Reimbursement of per-child expenditure by the State Government
(1) The total annual recurring expenditure incurred by the State Government, whether from its own funds, or funds provided by the Central Government, on elementary education in respect of all schools established, owned or controlled by it or by the local authority, divided by the total number of children enrolled in all such schools, shall be the per-child expenditure incurred by the State Government.
Explanation – For the purpose of determining the per-child expenditure, the expenditure incurred by the State Government or local authority on schools referred to in sub-clause (ii) of clause (n) of section 2 of the Act and the children enrolled in such schools shall not be included.
(2) Every school referred to in sub c1ause(iv) of clause (n) of section 2 shall maintain a separate bank account in respect of the amount received by it as reimbursement under sub-section (2) of section 12.
(3) There shall be a committee at the state level comprising Secretary Finance, Principal Secretary Primary Education, Principal Secretary/Secretary School Education, Commissioner and Director of School Education, State Project Director Rajiv Vidya Mission (Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan) and a representative of private school managements as nominated by their association, and representatives of two prominent NGOs, nominated by the Government for the purpose of assessing per child expenditure incurred by the state and the local authority for reimbursement of expenditure to the schools under sub-section (2) of section 12 of the Act.
(4) The committee shall meet within three months from its constitution and thereafter every year in December to assess per child expenditure for the next academic session.
(5) The State Project Director Rajiv Vidya Mission (Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan), on the basis of the decision of the committee, shall communicate to the District Educational Officer the per-child expenditure for the reimbursement of the fee against the reservation of children in the schools under section 12 of the Act, read with section 8 and 9 of the Act; Provided that where such school is already under obligation to provide free education to a specified number of children on account of it having received any land, building, equipment or other facilities, either free of cost or at a concessional rate, such school shall not be entitled to reimbursement to the extent of such obligation.
(6) The reimbursement will be made directly, by way of Real-time Gross Settlement (RTGS) / National Electronic Fund Transfer (NEFT) in the separate bank account maintained by the school in two installments during the academic year. The first installment of 50% will be reimbursed in the month of September and the balance will be reimbursed in the month of January.Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules
(7) The school, shall in the month of July, submit the list of the students admitted in the school under section 12 of the Act, to the District Educational Officer for reimbursement. The District Educational Officer shall verify or cause to be verified the enrolment of the children before making the reimbursement of the first installment. He/she shall reimburse the final installment in the coming January again after verification of the enrolment of children, attendance of every child subject to a minimum of 80% attendance every month and student learning outcomes.
(8) The school wise names of the students admitted in the private schools and the specified schools under section 12 of the Act shall also be maintained in the electronic form and will be displayed in a manner as determined by the Committee constituted under sub-rule (3) of rule 9 above.
- Birth Certificate for Admission
Wherever a birth certificate under the Registration of Births and Deaths Act 1969 is not available, any one of the following documents shall be deemed to be proof of age of the child for the purposes of admission in schools:–
(a) Hospital/ Auxiliary Nurse and Midwife (ANM) register record
(b) Anganwadi record
(c) Self-declaration by the parent or guardian
- The normal period of Admission.
The normal period of admission into any school, for the purposes of this Act, shall be from 12th June to 31st August of the academic year, it includes any admissions made prior to this period for the academic year commencing from the 12th of June or any other date notified by the Government for that year.
- Extended Period of Admission
(1) An extended period of admission shall be three months from the date of closure of the normal period of admission.
(2) Where a child is admitted to a school after an extended period, he or she shall be eligible to complete studies with the help of special training, as determined by the head of the school.
- School Recognition
(1) Every school, other than a school established, owned or controlled by the Central Government, the State Government or the local authority, established before or after the commencement of the Act for imparting elementary education shall make an application cum self-declaration in Form-l as shown in the appendix, within a period of three months from the commencement of the Act, to the District Educational Officer, who shall be the designated authority to issue certificate of recognition to the school under section 18 of the Act. The application shall also mention the neighborhood area of the school that shall be covered under the provisions of clause (c) of sub- section-2 of Section 12 of the Act. The application addressed to the District Educational Officer shall be submitted to him/her through the Mandal Educational Officer. The school, at first, shall furnish information in the electronic form on the website maintained for the purpose so that the school information is immediately put on the public domain. The school shall get a receipt and registration number after filing the data on the website. Thereafter, the school shall submit the application form along with a copy of the receipt to the Mandal Education Officer who shall acknowledge receipt of the application.
(2) The District Educational Officer may inspect or may cause to be inspected the school to verify if the school seeking recognition fulfills the norms and standards prescribed under section 19 of the Act. The District Educational Officer and the inspecting authority, if it is other than the District Educational Officer, shall have the power to seek information relevant for the grant of the recognition and to make an inspection of the records to verify the information submitted in the application form seeking recognition.
(3) The Mandal Educational Officer or a team of such officers as may be prescribed by the District Educational Officer shall verify the information submitted by the school in the application form and send the application form in original along with his / their report to the District Educational Officer for consideration within a week of receipt of the application.
(4) The District Educational Officer, on being satisfied that the school fulfills the norms and standards prescribed under section 19 and section 25 of the Act, shall issue the recognition certificate in Form-2 as shown in the appendix. The certificate shall be for a period of three years and shall be issued within 30 days from the date of making an application for recognition. The certificate of recognition shall be issued subject to the following conditions:
(a) The school is run by a society registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 (21 of 1860), or a public trust constituted under any law for the time being in force;
(b) The school is not run for profit to any individual, group or association of individuals or any other persons;
(c) The school conforms to the values enshrined in the Constitution;
(d) The school is open to inspection by any officer authorized by the State Government/ Local Authority;
(e) The school buildings or other structures or the grounds are used only for the purposes of education and skill development;
(f) the school shall furnish such reports and information as may be required by the State Government, Commissioner and Director School Education, and District Educational Officer from time to time and comply with such instructions of the State Government/Local Authority as may be issued to secure the continued fulfillment of the conditions of recognition or the removal of deficiencies in working of the school;
(g) The school shall maintain norms and standards specified under section 19 of the Act
(h) The school shall give a reservation of a minimum of 25% in class I for the children of disadvantaged groups and children of weaker sections from the neighborhood area. In case the private school is an aided school it shall provide free and compulsory elementary education to such proportion of children admitted therein as its annual recurring aid or grants so received bears to its annual recurring expenses, subject to a minimum of 25%.;
(i) The school having pre-school education shall also give reservation of at least 25 % of its enrolment at the initial stage of admission to the children of disadvantaged groups and the children of weaker sections of the neighborhood area under section 12 of the Act;
(j)The school shall submit, every year, before the commencement of the academic session, the fee to be charged from the children to the District Educational Officer
(k) The school shall comply with the provisions of the Act;
(l) The recognition shall be withdrawn in case of violation of the conditions of recognition.Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules
- Provisional Certification
Should a school fail to fulfill the following norms:
(1) Pupil-teacher ratio as specified in section 25 of the Act, the District Educational Officer shall issue a provisional certificate granting permission to run the school for a period up to six months from the date of commencement of the Act. The provisional certificate -shall be issued in Form-3 as shown in the appendix. On the expiry of the period of six months the school shall maintain the Pupil-Teacher Ratio as specified by the Act.
(2) if a school fulfills norms mentioned in section 25 of the Act but does not fulfill other norms and standards specified in the schedule of the Act the District Educational Officer shall issue a provisional certificate granting permission to run the school for a period up to three years from the date of commencement of the Act. The provisional certificate shall be issued in Form-4 as shown in the appendix. Provided that if the school fulfills the required norms and standards within the time frame specified in the provisional certificate, the certificate-issuing authority, on receipt of an application for recognition, satisfy himself/ herself and shall issue the certificate of recognition as laid down under sub-rule 4. Provided further that if the school does not claim recognition within the period specified in the provisional certificate it shall be deemed to be an unrecognized school and running of such a school shall be punishable under section 19 of the Act.
(3) No new school shall be opened after the commencement of the Act without obtaining a recognition certificate issued under section 18 of the Act.
(4) The recognition certificate issuing authority shall inspect or cause the school to be inspected every year to verify the fulfillment of conditions of recognition.
- Withdrawal of Recognition
Where a school contravenes the conditions of recognition or any provisions of the Act the authority issuing the certificate of recognition shall issue show cause notice of withdrawal of recognition. The school shall be given at least one month’s time to file the reply. If the authority is not satisfied with the reply, the school shall be given the opportunity of hearing before taking a decision on the withdrawal of recognition. The order of withdrawal shall be in writing. The order of de-recognition shall be operative from the immediately succeeding academic year. The order will be a speaking order and it shall contain the name/names of the neighborhood school /schools where the children of the de-recognized school will be admitted.Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules
An appeal against the order issued under sub-rule (5) or sub-rule (8) may be filed before the Collector of the district within 15 days from the date of receipt of the order. The Collector shall, at first, decide the admissibility of the appeal and once the appeal has been admitted for hearing, the order under appeal shall remain suspended till the final decision of the appeal. The Collector, after giving the opportunity of hearing to both the parties, will pass the order within two months from the date of filing of the appeal. The order of the Collector shall be final.
(a) A revision shall lie to the Commissioner and Director of School Education, against the orders passed by the Collector withdrawing recognition of any school.
(b) It shall be filed within (30) days of the date of receipt of the orders passed by the appellate authority.
(c) Information of recognition of any school will be sent to the local authority i.e. to the urban local body in case the school is situated in the urban area and to the Gram Panchayat in case the school is situated in the rural area so that local public representatives have knowledge of the establishment of recognized private school.
- School Management Committee
A School Management Committee (SCHOOL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE) shall be constituted in every school, other than an unaided school, within its jurisdiction, within six months of the commencement of the Act and reconstituted every two years.
(2) The composition of the committee will be as follows-
(a) The committee in case of a primary school shall be a 27 member committee. Of the 24 members shall be from the mother/father or guardian of the children enrolled in the school. One member shall be the elected representative one member may be the nominee of the Mahila samakhyas of the village concerned. The headteacher or the in-charge headteacher of the school shall be ex-officio member/convener of the committee.
(b) In primary school, members will be selected as follows-
(i) mother/father or guardian of each such child who has secured the highest percentage of marks in the annual examination of the preceding academic session in class I, II, III, and IV;
(ii) mother/father or guardian of each such child who has secured the lowest percentage of marks in the annual examination of the preceding academic session in class I, II, III, and IV;
(iii) mother/father or guardian of children one each belonging to scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and other backward classes and Muslim minority categories who have secured highest percentage of marks in their respective category in the annual examination of the preceding academic session in classes I to IV thus taking four parents of the categories noted above from each class.
(iv) Corporate / Counselor of the ward in urban areas and one member of the ward of the Gram Panchayat in rural areas in charge of education, where the school is situated;
(v) The headteacher or the in-charge headteacher of the school shall be the member convener.
(vi) An eminent educationist or a philanthropist or a person who supports the school in the neighborhood or an eminent NGO representative as co-opted by the School Management Committee.
(vii) There shall be at least two children in the committee one of them may be a girl child in case of a school running in co-educational model, who shall be special invitees. Provided that 50% of the members of the School Management Committee shall be women.
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(i) Mother/father or guardian of each of such child who has secured highest marks in the annual examination of the preceding academic session in classes V and VI
(ii) Mother/father or guardian of each of such child who has secured lowest marks in the annual examination of the preceding academic session in classes V and VI
(iii) Mother/father or guardian of children one each belonging to scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, other backward classes and Muslim minority categories who have secured the highest percentage of marks in their respective category in the annual examination of the preceding academic session in classes V and VI
(iv) Corporate / Councilor of the ward in urban areas and one member of the ward of the Gram Panchayat in rural areas, where the school is situated;
(v) The headteacher or the in-charge headteacher of the school shall be the member convener.
(vi) There shall be at least two children in the committee one of them may be a girl child in case of a school running in co-educational model, who shall be invitees.
(3) The Sarpanch shall be the chairperson of the School Management Committee in rural areas and in Municipal areas the concerned Councilor / Corporator shall be the Chairperson of the School Management Committee, of the schools falling in their respective jurisdictions.
(i) There shall be a vice-chairperson of the committee elected from amongst the members.
Provided further that if the chairperson is not from the scheduled castes, or scheduled tribes or other backward classes, the vice-chairperson shall be from any of these classes.
(4) The Vice-Chairperson shall be elected from amongst the members of the committee representing the parent community. Provided that the members representing the local bodies and the headteacher or the in-charge headteacher shall not be eligible for participating in the election nor they will have any voting right.
(5) The School Management Committee shall meet at least once a month and the minutes and decisions of the meetings shall be properly recorded and made available to the public.
(6) The School Management Committee shall, in addition to the functions specified in clauses (a) to (d) of sub-section (2) of section 21, perform the following functions:
(a) Arrange to demonstrate learning outcomes of the children in the areas of reading, writing, simple arithmetic and comprehension, picking the children at random from each class and shall also pay attention to student absenteeism and teacher absenteeism and take steps to reduce the absenteeism of children in particular
(b) Arrange to maintain a list of all children in the neighborhood who are in the age group of 6-14 years and shall take effective steps to enroll the out of school children
(c) Ensure the implementation of clauses (a) and (e) of section 24 and section
(d) Ensure the enrolment and continued attendance of all the children from the neighborhood in the school;
(e) Monitor the maintenance of the norms and standards prescribed in the Schedule;
(f) Bring to the notice of the local authority any deviation from the norms and standards relating to rights of the child, in particular, mental and physical harassment of children, denial of admission, and timely provision of free entitlements as per sub-section (2) of section 3.
(g) Identify the needs, prepare a plan, and monitor the implementation of the provisions of Section 4.
(h) Monitor the identification, enrolment, and facilities for learning by disabled children, and ensure their participation and completion of elementary education.
(i) Monitor the implementation of the Mid-Day Meal in the school.
(j) Prepare an annual account of receipts and expenditure of the school.
(7) Any money received shall be credited to the bank account of the School Management committee. The account shall be the joint account of the chairman and the convener of the committee. The account will be made available for audit whenever required. At the end of each year utilization certificate shall be submitted to the authority releasing the grants.
(8) The committee shall also get the accounts audited by either a chartered accountant or a local fund auditor or an auditor from the cooperative department.
- Preparation of School Development Plan
(1) The School Management Committee shall prepare a school development plan in the month of November each year by calling a Gram Sabha involving all the parents of the children enrolled in the school, the local peoples’ representative of the Panchyat Raj institutions, the Mahila Samakhyas and also inviting a representative of a prominent NGO working in the field of education in the neighborhood area of the school, if any.Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules
(2) The school development plan, shall contain the following components:
(a) Estimates of class-wise enrolment for each year;
(b) The requirement of the number of additional teachers, including headteachers, subject teachers, and part-time teachers, separately for Classes I to V and classes VI to VIII, calculated with reference to the norms specified in the Schedule;
(c) The physical requirement of additional infrastructure and equipment calculated with reference to the norms and standards specified in the Schedule;
(d) Special focus on school sanitation, School safety, Health & Hygiene, Early detection of disability and intervention plan;
(e) The additional financial requirement, year-wise, in respect of (b) and (c) above, including the additional requirement for providing special training facility specified in section 4, entitlements of children such as free textbooks and uniforms, and any other additional financial requirement for fulfilling the responsibilities of the school under the Act.
(3) The school development plan should be signed by the Chairperson/Vice-Chairperson and Convener of the School Management Committee and submitted to the State Government or the Local Authority, as the case may be, before the end of the financial year in which it is to be prepared.
- Salary and allowances and terms and conditions of service of teachers of private unaided schools:
In the case of teachers of private schools, salary and allowances and their terms and conditions of service shall be decided by the school management subject to legislations and regulations, if any, in force.
- Duties of Teachers
(1) In pursuance of the functions specified in sub-section (1) of section 24 of the Act and in order to fulfill the requirements of clause (h) of sub-section (2) of section 29.
(2) The teacher shall maintain a file containing the pupil cumulative record for every child including the record maintained while implementing the Learning Enhancement Programme or any other programs that may be in force, which will be the basis for awarding the completion certificate specified in sub-section (2) of section 30 of the Act.
(3) In addition to the functions specified in clauses (a) to (e) of sub-section (1) of section 24, a teacher shall perform the following duties assigned to him or her, without interfering with regular teaching:
(a) Participation in training programs;
(b) Participation in curriculum formulation, and development of syllabi, training modules, and textbook development;
- Grievance redressal of teachers
(1) The School Management Committee constituted under section 21 shall be the first level of grievance redressal of teachers of schools specified therein. If the School Management Committee fails to redress the grievance of the teacher/s a committee constituted at Mandal Parishad level with Mandal Parishad Development Officer (MPDO) as the chairman and the Mandal Executive Officer as convener shall sit in appeal to redress the grievance of the teacher/s as the case may be.
(2) There shall be a District Level Grievance Redressal Committee to redress the grievances of the teachers.
(3) The committee shall consist of the District Collector as Chairman, Superintendent of Police, Chief Executive Officer, Zilla Parishad, District Medical and Health Officer, Commissioner or Chief Municipal Officers of the local urban body at the district headquarters, Assistant Commissioner Tribal Welfare and District Educational Officer. The District Educational Officer shall be the convener of the committee.
(4) The committee shall meet once in three months.
(5) Any teacher of the school established, owned or controlled by the State Government or the local authority may submit his grievance in writing to the convener of the committee. The grievance may also be submitted through the education portal as maintained by the Rajiv Vidya mission. The committee may after such inquiry, as it deems fit, will redress the grievance. The convener of the committee will communicate its decision to the teacher.
(6) The committee, besides attending to the grievances received from the teachers, may, on its own, review the status of the various claims and service-related matters of the teachers.
(7)Every private school shall develop its own mechanism for redressal of grievances of its Teachers.
- Maintaining Pupil-Teacher Ratio in each school
(1) Sanctioned strength of teachers in every school established, owned or controlled by the State Government or the local authority shall be specified by order in writing by the Commissioner & Director of School Education in consultation with the Rajiv Vidya Mission, within a period of three months from the date of commencement of the Act Provided that the Rajiv Vidya Mission and the Commissioner & Director of School Education, shall, within six months of such order redeploy teachers of schools having a strength in excess of the sanctioned strength prior to the order referred to in sub-rule (1).
(2) The Rajiv Vidya Mission and the Commissioner & Director of School Education shall review the teacher positioning every year before the commencement of the academic session.
(3) The State Government shall take effective steps to fill up the vacancies of teachers on a regular basis. If there is a delay in the recruitment, the School Management Committee concerned shall be permitted to engage qualified and trained personnel, temporarily, on consolidated remuneration as decided by the School Management Committee to fill the time gap between arrival of vacancy and actual placement of the teachers.
(4) The State Government shall cancel all such deputations of teachers where salaries are paid by the schools but services are taken by some other offices or institutions.Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules
(5) If any person of the State Government or the local authority violates the provisions of sub-section (2) of section 25, he or she shall be personally liable for disciplinary action.
- Academic Authority laying down the Curriculum and Evaluation Procedure
(1) The State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) shall be the Academic Authority for the purposes of Section 29 of the Act.
(2) The Academic Authority notified under sub-rule (1) shall hold consultations with the Rajiv Vidya Mission, in designing the State curriculum framework, the school evaluation mechanism and the Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation for all children in the schools and it shall –
(a) Formulate the relevant and age-appropriate syllabus and textbooks and other learning material
(b) Develop in-service teacher training design, and
(c)Prepare guidelines for putting into practice Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation
(d) Develop performance indicators for the individuals and institutions along with accountability criteria towards children’s learning levels.
(e) Undertake periodic performance appraisal of individuals and institutions.
(f) Commission and undertake researches/studies on policies, programs, curriculum, learning outcomes of children, etc.
(3) The Academic Authority referred to in sub-rule (1) shall design and implement a process of holistic quality assessment of all schools including the schools referred to in clause (iv) of Sub-section (n) of section-2 of the Act, on a regular basis
- Award of Certificate on completion of Elementary Education
(1) The headteacher or the in-charge headteacher of the school shall issue the certificate of completion of elementary education within one month of the completion of elementary education in Form-5 as shown in the appendix. Provided that the private school shall stamp prominently on the certificate the number of recognition certificate issued by the competent authority.
(2) The document referred to in sub-rule (1) shall-
(a) Certify that the child has completed all courses of study prescribed under section 29 of the Act.
(b)Contain the Pupil Cumulative Record of the child and also specify achievements of the child in areas of activities beyond the prescribed course of study and may include music, dance, literature, sports, etc.
- Constitution and Functions of Right to Education Protection Authority
(1) The State Government shall constitute an Authority viz., the Right to Education Protection Authority (REPA) within 6 months of the commencement of the Act.
(2) The Right to Education Protection Authority shall consist of –
(i) A chairperson who is –
(a) A person of high academic repute or
(b) Has been a judge of the High court or
(c) Has done outstanding work for the promotion of rights of the children and
(ii) Four members of whom two shall be women from the following areas.
(b) Child healthcare and Child development
(c) Juvenile justice or care of neglected or marginalized children or children with disabilities
(d) Elimination of child labor or working with children in distress.
(e) Child psychology or sociology
(f) Legal profession
(iii) The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) Rules, 2006 shall, in so far as it pertains to the terms and conditions of office of the Chairman and the members of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, mutatis mutandis, apply to Chairperson and other members of the Right to Education Protection Authority
(iv) All records and assets of the Right to Education Protection Authority shall be transferred to the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights immediately after its constitution.Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules
(v) In the performance of its functions, the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights or the Right to Education Protection Authority, as the case may be, may also act upon matters referred to it by the State Advisory Council.
(vi) The State Government shall enable constituting a Cell in the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights or the Right to Education Protection Authority, as the case may be, which may assist the Commission or the Right to Education Protection Authority in the performance of its functions under the Act.
- Constitution and Functions of the State Advisory Council.
(I) The State Advisory Council shall consist of Chairperson and Co-Chairperson and thirteen members.
(2) The Minister-in-charge of the Department of Primary Education shall be the ex-officio Chairperson of the Council. The Minister-in-charge of the Department of School Education in the State Government shall be the ex-officio Co-chairperson
(3) Members of the Council, shall be appointed by the State Government from amongst the persons having knowledge and practical experience in the field of elementary education and child development, as under:
(a) At least four members shall be from amongst persons belonging to SCs, STs, OBCs, and minorities taking one from each of these categories;
(b) At least one member shall be from amongst persons having specialized knowledge and practical experience of education of children with special needs;
(c) At least one member should be from amongst persons having specialized knowledge in the field of pre-primary education
(d) At least one member shall be from amongst persons having specialized knowledge and practical experience in the field of teacher education
(4) Fifty percent of the members i.e. six members shall be women.
(5) Principal Secretary to Government Primary Education and SSA shall be the convener of the council. The Secretary, School Education shall be the convener and the Secretary, Tribal Welfare, the Secretary, Social Welfare, the Secretary, BC Welfare, the Secretary, Minority Welfare, the Secretary, Women & Child Welfare, the Secretary, HM&FW, the Secretary, Panchayat Raj shall be special invitees to the meetings of the Council. One member each of the recognized teacher’s unions who are members of Joint Staff Council shall be the special inviteesRight of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules
(6) The procedure for transaction of Business of the Council shall be as under:
(i) The Council shall meet once in three months
(ii) A quorum of the meeting of the Council shall be considered complete if at least 50% of its members are present.
(7) The terms and conditions for appointment of members of the Council shall be as under:
(a) Every member shall hold office as such for a term of two years from the date on which he/she assumes office. Provided that no member shall hold office for more than two terms
(b) The member may be removed from his office by an order of the State Government on the ground of proved misbehavior or incapacity, or on the happening of any one or more of the following events: if the member:-
(i) Is adjudged insolvent; or
(ii) Refuses to act or becomes incapable of acting; or
(iii) Is of unsound mind and stands so declared by a competent Court; or
(iv) Has so abused his office as to render his continuance in office detrimental to the public interest or
(v) Is convicted for an offense by a competent Court; or
(vi) Is without obtaining leave of absence from the Council, absent in two consecutive meetings of the Council
(c) If a vacancy occurs in the office of Members, whether by reason of his death, resignation or otherwise, such vacancy shall be filled within a period of (120) days by making a fresh appointment in accordance with the provisions of sub-rule (3).Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules
- Repeal and Savings
(1) The existing Acts, Rules, Regulations, Executive instructions, etc., issued by the Government of Andhra Pradesh, the Commissioner and Director of School Education, inconsistent with these Rules shall be deemed to be void to the extent of the inconsistency.
(2) Any act of any authority, Officer or body under any Act, Rule, Executive instruction after the promulgation of the Act but before notification of these Rules shall be saved and he/she shall be deemed to have acted under these Rules.