Monday, April 22, 2013

RTE rescues kids denied admission

RTE rescues kids denied admission

Kamini Mehta, TNN Apr 3, 2013, 05.52AM IST

CHANDIGARH: As many as 173 students under the general category, who could not make it to any of the city private schools in the pre-primary classes, might soon get lucky. The UT education department has asked the private schools to follow Right To Education (RTE) Act and convert the vacant seats and merge them into general after April 10.
At present, there are more than 400 seats in 48 private schools that are lying vacant. To fill up the vacancy, the department had called for applications under the EWS category from March 22 till 28.

The department has already forwarded to the schools 227 registration forms which they have collected and ordered schools to admit the eligible children. The department officials said that the schools are just shielding themselves by giving excuses for not admitting the EWS children.
The private schools have openly refused to admit EWS children following Delhi high court's verdict which states that RTE Act applies to children who are between 6 and 14 years of age.
Director Public Instructions (schools) Upkar Singh said, "This year, the schools were told in advance that they have to keep the seats vacant till April 10 so that efforts could be made to fill them. Post this date, they would be free to convert the seats. After April 10, the schools only have to send a notification to the department the number of seats still vacant and that they will be offering these seats to General category children on April 15."

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