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Many Schools Being Accused Of Violating RTE Rules

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Schools Accused For flouting RTE Rules
Almost two years have been passed since the implement of RTE Act and put into action, but not all of its clauses are being followed by schools in the state. A rule that some schools object to is the one making it mandatory for every school to set aside 25% of seats for students from economically weaker sections of society.

Jayant Jain, President of Forum For Fairness in Education said “Other than a handful of schools, most are violating the RTE rules. Even today, students and parents are undergoing rounds of screening during admission (illegal under the RTE Act). We still receive complaints from parents about their wards being denied for admissions or asked to leave due to various reasons. The state government needs to take cognizance of these problems”.

This issue is still pending in the supreme Court, but there is no stay on the matter. Then, why are schools using this as an excuse to not entertain applications from students? Jain added. Educationists claim that lack of awareness about RTE guidelines among parents and students gives school managements the upper hand during admissions.

An RTI application by a Delhi based activist last year showed that child rights protection commissions of many states receive only a handful of complaints on RTE violations. The situation is better in Maharashtra.

Farida Lambey, a member of the Maharashtra state Commission for Protection of Child Rights says “We have received several complaints about problems (faced by parents and students) during admissions and about schools not giving admission to differently-abled children. We have held several hearings on these issues and also solved a few”.

Why is it happening so? How can they violate the RTE rules? When 'Education' is being the main right for every child then it should surely be followed by all the schools, isn't it.

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