Thursday, June 26, 2014

Explain on RTE in schools, HC tells education department


AHMEDABAD: Gujarat high court on Monday sought an explanation from education authorities concerned over a PIL complaining that unaided schools do not give admission to the poor children, which is made mandatory in the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act by the Centre.

The PIL filed by Prakash Kapadia of Jagega Gujarat Sangharsh Samiti says that the private primary schools are bound by the law to give admission up to 25% of their strength to the children belonging to the weaker sections and disadvantageous groups, and impart education free of cost.

The PIL submitted that after the law was enacted in 2009, the state government came up with two notifications in 2012 and 2013, and fixed responsibilities of the schools as well as of the teachers. Kapadia has contended that these instructions are not complied with. The education department officials were advised to follow the procedure under section 12 of the Act.
The PIL cited an example of a city-based private school, where the principal expressed aversion towards admitting poor kids on the ground that the school management did not want to incur losses.

It was further argued that the admission process in most of the schools is almost over and the new academic session has also begun, but the authorities do not pay any serious attention to the issues affecting people at large.

The petitioner submitted that the RTE Act is anchored in the belief that the value of equality, social justice and democracy can be achieved only by free and compulsory education of satisfactory quality to children from disadvantageous groups and weaker sections. This is therefore not merely the responsibility of schools run or supported by the appropriate governments but also of a school which is not dependent on government funds.

The court has kept further hearing on this issue next month.

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