New Delhi, August 30, 2013< DHNS:Irked at reports about discrimination against poor children by denying them admission in schools, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sought a report from Karnataka government on the matter.
Taking suo motu cognizance of a media report, the Commission asked the state chief secretary to submit the report within four weeks.
The Commission’s action came after a news report claimed that around 37,000 seats earmarked for students from economically weaker sections are lying vacant in schools in Karnataka due to poor implementation of Right to Education (RTE) Act. It was alleged that the schools did not fill the seats and discriminated against the poor students.
In its notice, the Commission observed that the contents of the media report, if true, raise a serious issue of violation of the Right to Education of the children belonging to weaker sections.
“Reportedly, these seats were lying vacant as the children from weaker sections were subjected to discrimination,” the Commission said in a statement.