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Despite jury directive, no relief for RTE parents yet

Despite jury directive, no relief for RTE parents yet

Published: 19th September 2013 12:31 PM
Last Updated: 19th September 2013 12:31 PM
Almost two weeks after a three-member jury resolved grievances related to child rights violations in schools, the aggrieved parents are yet to get actual relief as the schools concerned have not received orders from the Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KSCPCR).
As many as 37 cases pertaining to violations of the provisions under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, including denial of admission, expulsion, discrimination and physical punishment, were heard and resolved on September 6 and 7,  by retired High Court judges A J Sadashiva, Chandrashekaraiah and educationist V P Niranjan Aradhya from the National Law School of India University.
The aggrieved parents, however, are yet to see the resolutions turn into fruitful results. The KSCPCR is yet to issue orders to these schools asking them to comply with the decision taken by the jury. The jury is still compiling the decisions taken.
“The school continues to refuse allowing my child to continue,” said K Harish, father of six-year-old H Jai Adish Panag who suffers from Lamellar Ichthyosis, a rare skin disorder.
 “I went to the KSCPCR and they said the order would be issued to the school in two days. The delay only helps the school to keep the child away as that is what they want. The school also has a political backing,” he said referring to Navodaya Kishore Kendra in Vidyaranyapura.
Sources said the jury is expected to submit its report to the KSCPCR by the end of this week.
“Once the report is submitted, the KSCPCR will issue orders to schools and seek compliance reports from Education Department officials. The report is taking time as each case needs to be presented in detail.

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