Sunday, March 17, 2013

Schools asked to show cause for RTE violation

Schools asked to show cause for RTE violation

The Delhi Directorate of Education (DoE) on Wednesday issued show-cause notices to three prominent schools for violating the Right to Education (RTE) Act by allegedly asking students to take tests to get admission in junior classes.
“We have issued notice to Modern School-Barakhamba Road, Amity International School and Gyan Bharti School in Saket for generating screen tests to give admissions to children. The notice seeks explanation from schools and directs them to stop any such activity. “We cannot tolerate flouting of the RTE Act and strict action will be taken against any party doing so,” said Diwan Chand, Secretary of DoE.
The schools had reportedly asked children seeking admission in Classes II to XIII to write a screen test. The RTE Act guarantees free and compulsory elementary education to all children in the age group of six to 14 years. No school can, while admitting a child, subject the child or parents to any screening process.
Sumit Vohra, owner of nurseryadmissions.com, a city-based online forum, alleged that it was not the only case of its kind. “After the issue was reported, Gyan Bharti School-Saket pulled off the notice about entrance exam results from their website but it was put up on the school notice board. Similarly, many other schools are still carrying on with the process under cover. We expect the DoE to take action fast but it has got delayed for many days,” Vohra said.
Yasir Arafat, a parent, shared his experience. “I was called by Saint Giri School, Jasola, for a test on March

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