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RTE debated at length in SCPCR meeting

RTE debated at length in SCPCR meeting

TNN Jul 18, 2012, 05.55AM IST

BHOPAL: The Right to Education Act (RTE) violations were much debated at the joint bench hearing of the state commission for protection of child rights (SCPCR) on Tuesday. Out of seven cases that came up for hearing, two pertained to RTE violations.
The first case was that of St Joseph's Convent, Idgah Hills, where the petitioner was Citizen Welfare Forum. M A Khan of the forum said, "Fifty below poverty line (BPL) students were granted admission on January 31 but later when they went to school on June 30 for completing the formalities, they were denied admission citing Supreme Court verdict on the exemption of minority schools."

The apex court ruling though states that the admissions finalized this year would have to be continued with as the ruling came in April.
Present at the hearing, principal of the school Sr Lily told SCPCR that the BPL card of some the students was doubtful. Hence the school had denied admission. Also since the apex court had given its ruling.
Commission chairperson Usha Chaturvedi told Sr Lily that the school is no authority to decide the veracity of the BPL cards. "If you have any misgivings about the authenticity, then you should write to the Collector as he is the authority to decide on such cases," said Chaturvedi.
District education officer (DEO) C M Upadhyay also said, "We will probe the unaided status being claimed by the school and whether the land was taken on lease ."
The commission has also instructed the school to provide the admission list displayed on the notice board of the school and the DEO to provide the list that was sent by the school. "The school is saying that the list that was put up on the notice board was not final. We've told them to substantiate that the list sent to the DEO also had the same condition," said Chaturvedi.
Chaturvedi added that since the school was reluctant in giving admissions, some students had taken admissions by paying regular fees.
The other RTE related matter that came up was that of Billabong High School where the case of discrimination between RTE and non RTE students was heard by the commission. The case was resolved and the parents said that they had no grievances anymore.

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