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Mad rush to obtain minority status after Supreme Court ruling

Mad rush to obtain minority status after Supreme Court ruling

TNN Apr 25, 2012, 02.00AM IST

JAIPUR: The private schools in Rajasthan, run by societies of linguistic minorities, are leaving no stone unturned to keep away from the ambit of Right to Education Act, 2010. The Supreme Court order excluding linguistic minorities' schools along with unaided religious minorities and boarding schools from the ambit of RTE has left very few schools in 'demand' for implementation of 25% reservation of students.
City has many schools run by linguistic minorities including Sindhi, Gujarati, Punjabi and Urdu medium schools. Many of these were founded by religious and linguistic minorities' societies who never felt the need of obtaining respective certificates. However, in order to claim the exemption from the RTE, they are rushing to obtain minorities status.

Rajiv Gupta, head of department, Sociology, RU said: "Judiciary has to explain this aspect by using Constitutional procedures. If the guidelines are not clear, private schools can misuse the law by claiming the status to get away from the provisions of the Act."
In a similar manner state has many public schools run by religious minorities who are gearing up to apply for minority status. Senior educationist and president of Society for Private Unaided Schools in Rajasthan, Damodar Goyal said, "The number of schools admitting students under RTE Act will reduce to almost half after the Supreme Court exempting linguisti minorities schools."

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