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Parents elated over RTE ruling

Parents elated over RTE ruling

Marisha Mehta, TNN May 6, 2013, 03.04AM IST

AHMEDABAD: Children and parents are delighted that the state government has agreed to promote kindergarten students under five years of age to standard I.
Out of 200 students studying in senior KG at St. Xavier's Loyola hall school, 40 kids were denied admission in the first standard as per the new norms stipulated under Right to Education (RTE) Act.
In a relief to about 60,000 primary school students across Gujarat, the government has granted a one-year relaxation for implementation of new admission rules for class one.
The parents gathered at the high court to welcome the decision. Adwit Jani, the father of a student Krishiv Jani, said, "If in the initial phase of education, students are asked to repeat the whole year even after passing exams with flying colours, they may dislike schooling from the very beginning. But now, our child's future is safe."
Harvi Shah, a senior KG student of St. Xavier's Loyola Hall, was asked by her father Nirav Shah whether she would like to repeat the year. She was reluctant.
Nirav Shah says, "Harvi clearly said that she won't go to school if she has to sit in the same class again. Now that she knows she has been allowed to sit in the higher class, she is very happy and enthusiastic."
Harvi's classmate Dhruv Panchal also got demoralized when he heard he will not be promoted to the first class even after passing the exam. "He is very enthusiastic to join the rest of his classmates in the higher class now," says, Anup Panchal, Dhruv's father.
This decision was a shock not only for kids, but also for the parents. Dhairya Patel's mother Mittal Patel says, "Mothers put in great efforts in their kids'education. If the children are asked to repeat the whole year, it means we also have to stretch ourselves with them." The decision of not allowing kids below five years into the first standard proved nightmarish for so many mothers. One such mom Shwetal Parekh says, "I thought my son Rutvik's group will shatter if he will have to repeat the year. But now, I am relaxed to know that my son will move forward with the rest of his classmates."

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