Thursday, January 23, 2014

Delhi HC issues notice to Delhi Govt, L-G on PIL to amend RTE Act

18.4.2013 (UNI) The Delhi High Court issued notice to the Lt Governor and Delhi government on a PIL seeking amendment in nursery admission procedure.
A bench comprising Chief Justice D Murugesan and Justice Jayant Nath (appointed yesterday) issued notice to the Lt Governor and Delhi Government on a Public Interest Litigation filed by an NGO and asked them to reply by July 17.

The petitioner has sought to amend clause 14 of the recognised schools (Admission Procedure for pre-primary class) order 2007 to bring it on the lines of section 13 read with section 2(O) of the RTE Act 2009 which clearly prohibits screening of children for admission into schools.

The petitioner said allowing private schools to formulate their own guidelines for admission of children to nursery/pre nursery is contrary to the Section 13 read with 2(0) of the Right to Education Act and frustrates its entire objective to give education to children.

The petitioner argued that since most of the schools admit children to pre-nursery and nursery classes at the entry level and then promote them to the elementary classes therefore the clause should be amended so that a uniform pattern can be adopted during admissions to schools by all alike.

The petitioner argued that since the RTE Act is not applicable on children below the age of six years there should be separate criteria for admissions of children of 0- 14 years.

The High Court had also held on February 2 last that the Delhi Government should consider the lacuna that children between 0-14 have not been covered under the Right to Education Act and some provisions should be made so that these children are not left out.

The petitioner asked the court to intervene so that a uniform policy is enacted for the purpose of giving admission to the reserved category of poor and under-privileged children in nursery or pre-nursery classes at the entry level itself. UNI

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RTI reveals NCPCR received only 51 complaints of child abuse in 5 years 7 Apr, 2013 An application was filed with the ministry of women and child development under the Right to Information (RTI) Act seeking to know the status of complaints of child abuse received by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR). The reply from the Ministry states that the commission received only 51 complaints of sexual and physical abuse of children in last five years. These figures pertain to the whole of the nation. Out of these 51 cases, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights lodged an FIR in only 8 and most of the cases were merely referred to the local administration for further investigation or were taken up by the courts. The reply stated that most of the cases were related to abuse in homes, shelters and orphanages run by the government and that in most cases the child was abused by a close person. The low number of cases seems to be surprising as according to a government study conducted in 2007, nearly 42% of children in India are victims of one or the other form of sexual abuse. It would be worth finding the total expenses incurred on the NCPCR during the past 5 years.

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