Saturday, March 23, 2013

Unaided minority schools exempt from 25% quota

Unaided minority schools exempt from 25% quota

Shreya Bhandary, TNN Mar 20, 2013, 03.59AM IST

MUMBAI: Unaided minority schools are exempt from reserving 25% of the seats for children from socially and economically weaker sections under the Right to Education Act, states a circular issued by the state on March 15.
Private schools have been at loggerheads with the government over the issue. While the Supreme Court had held that minority unaided schools were exempt from the quota rule, the state had failed to provide clarity. The state had sought advice from the legal department on the issue.

"This circular has finally cleared the air. We were worried and ready to fight it out in court," said Rohan Bhat, chairperson of Children's Academy group of schools.

"We started our admission process in January and had kept aside some seats. We'll study the circular before filling up those seats," said Carl Laurie, principal of Byculla's Christ Church School.
Forum for Fairness in Education plans to move court against the circular. "Most renowned schools are unaided minority institutions. The purpose of the reservation clause will be defeated as students from weaker sections will never make it to these schools," said FFE's Jayant Jain.

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