Minority schools to get back leeway on management

September 29, 2009: The Times of India

NEW DELHI: Schools run by minority bodies will be exempted from setting up School Management Committees. As a result, the government has decided to amend the Right to Education Act in the winter session of Parliament.

The proposed amendment, HRD minister Kapil Sibal told TOI, will exclude schools managed by minority organisations from constituting School Management Committees. Right now, only unaided schools not receiving any kind of aid or grant from the government or local authorities are excluded from setting up school management committees (SMCs).

The amendment comes in the wake of the demand from many states and minority-run institutions that they be exempted from setting up SMCs because it contravenes Article 30 of the Constitution that gives minorities right to establish and administer educational institutions. The amendment will be carried out in sub-clauses of clause (n) of Section 2 of the Act as well as in section 21 of the Act. It will specifically mention that minority-run institutions need not have SMCs. In the RTE Act, SMCs have a big role to play in the running of schools. Half the members of the committee will be women.

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