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Three educational institutions raided for conducting talent tests

Three educational institutions raided for conducting talent tests

Published: 21st October 2013 09:08 AM
Last Updated: 21st October 2013 09:08 AM
Officials of the education department here raided three institutions including the Forum for Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Examination (FIITJEE) for reportedly conducting talent tests for children below eighth standard.
Officials informed that holding any such test was illegal as per the Right to Education (RTE) Act 2009, and that they had seized all the papers written by students in those three institutions in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy districts on Sunday.
“Although they told us that it wasn’t a talent test, but a scholarship exam, there is a possibility that they may later pick students for admission only from the list of children who appeared for the tests those schools conducted on Sunday,” said Subba Reddy, district education officer, Hyderabad.
He added that apart from FIITJEE, two schools in Marredpally and Narayanguda were raided, along with a college in Mehidpatnam.
“The degree college was rented out by a school to conduct the test, which was also the case at FIITJEE,”  added Reddy.
He further mentioned that the order to check-up on the schools had come from the higher-ups after complaints were received from student organisations.
“Our field officers had been there earlier too, and we warned those schools not to conduct such exams. In fact, even in the morning, the managements had told us that will not conduct them. But our surprise checks proved otherwise,” Subba Reddy told Express.
He stated that as per Rule 13 of the RTE Act, no school is supposed to conduct such tests, and that there is also a court order against them.
Somi Reddy, DEO, Ranga Reddy district, also said that the mandal education officers under his jurisdiction have been instructed to lodge police complaints against erring schools to initiate actions.

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