The Jail authorities have not only made arrangements for classrooms at various prisons in the state but have also written a letter to the sate education department to cover 43 children under RTE (Right To Education) Act.
They fee that, If these children are covered under RTE, they would be able to attend ‘normal' schools with other children. So that it will help their mental faculties and also provide them with books, stationery and mid-day meals, a major boost for them to continue their education.
Based on the rules of the prison, the children up to age years can live with their mothers. After that, they are either handed over to their mother's relatives or sent to observation home.
"At the moment, Yogkshem Manav Gaurav Sansthan runs kindergarden and primary classes for the children at Ahmedabad and Vadodara prisons. We are very proud of the students as they have managed to score high marks in the examination conducted by external observers" said PC Thakur, additional director general of Police.
"We have written to the state education department about the children being provided facilities under RTE Act", he added.
According to the sources, Vadodara prision is having the highest number of women prisoners in the state, will soon get a special women's prison where there will be special areas for kids and classrooms.