60-aided secondary schools refuse state govt sponsorship
27 December 2012
statesman news service
KOLKATA, 27 DEC: Over 60-aided secondary schools declined to come under the government's sponsorship though it would have guaranteed more development facilities to the schools under Central projects like Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Aviyaan (RMSA).
The school education department asked the recognised aided secondary schools of the state whether they are willing to become government sponsored schools so that they come under RMSA. This central project will be extended to schools which are government sponsored. Aided schools will not come under this project.
Last date to register willingness or unwillingness for this proposed conversion was 24 December.
While over 6000 schools expressed their willingness for the conversion, the number of schools that expressed unwillingness is also striking. “Though the schools were asked to inform the reasons, many unwilling schools skipped that part. But we can understand that probably it is the ownership that the school authorities are not willing to relinquish at the cost of even more fund,” said an official of the department.
While aided schools are governed by their own managing committees, sponsored schools will be controlled by managing committees made by the school education department. “At the same time, the assets of a sponsored school are considered to be of the government and the teachers also come under the transfer policy of the government,” added the official explaining the reason what might have discouraged 60 schools to stay away from the conversion.