Saturday, April 20, 2013

Wings of learning for poor kids

Wings of learning for poor kids

TNN Apr 2, 2013, 01.23AM IST

JAIPUR: State may be struggling to implement the Right to Education Act-2009, three years since it came into effect, but for some of its beneficiaries life is no longer the same.
Paan Singh, a maintenance staffer at the India International School at Mansarovar, never dared to think of admitting his children to the school. He lives in a rented accommodation in a slum in Shiprapath. In 2010, the school informed him that he can admit his youngest daughter here under the RTE Act.

"I couldn't believe my ears," said Singh who finds it hard to run the family on his meagre income.
Kanika was admitted to the school. Under the act, 25% seats at a private school must be reserved for children from economically weaker sections.
"Beti ki kismat bahut acchi hai" says the proud father. "My daughter knows more than his elder brother. She can speak English too," the father said when asked about his daughter's academic progress.
Singh said he is confident about his daughter's success after her admission to the school. Like him, many parents are praising the act as a great leveler.
Singh's daughter now recites English poems in front of her grandmother who is only too happy to hear the child prattle.
Figures released by the education department state that nearly 17,000 students from economically weaker sections have been admitted to private schools in Jaipur this session.

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