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Govt version sought over RTE violation

Govt version sought over RTE violation

TNN Oct 19, 2013, 12.06AM IST

KOCHI: A group of tribal students has questioned the state government's commitment to a stipulation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act, that a school should be within three kilometres, in the high court.
On Friday, a division bench led by Chief Justice Manjula Chellur sought an explanation from the state government on facilities available for students hailing from tribal areas in the state for education. The court ordered that an affidavit in this regard should be filed within two weeks.
The court had suo motu taken up a case based on a letter written by 49 fourth standard students of a lower primary school at Echippara near Varandarappilly in Thrissur, pointing out that they don't have a facility to continue their education.
The students complained in the letter that they have to travel for 14 km to reach an upper primary school. They sought an order to upgrade their school to upper primary.
After contacting the students over telephone, advocate Mahesh V Ramakrishnan prepared a petition, pointing out that according to RTE Act, a school should be made available within three km.

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