RTE Admissions: Schools Deny Entry to Eligible Students
The students who are eligible for 25% reservation quota under Right to Education (RTE) Act are having a hard time. They are being denied admission in schools or being asked to come back after the court hearings. Parents complain that some schools are even asking them to get admission for their children in general quota and to pay the fees.
The case in the Bombay High Court on RTE admissions was earlier adjourned till July 7th. However, it will now be heard on Monday since schools re-open on the same day.
On May 7th, the high court had imposed a stay on the government resolution (GR) that said that RTE admissions to pre-primary classes would be voluntary.
"The stay order clearly cites that all children who got admission under RTE to pre-school and Class I before the April 30 notification can be admitted and the stay is only on the new GR. However, many schools are misinforming parents about the court order and are either denying admissions or asking them to come after the court hearing," Mukund Kirdat, the convenor of Aam Admi Party said.
According to Sonali Kunjir, an RTE activist from Pimpri Chinchwad, many schools have asked parents to seek admissions for their children in the general category. "A parent was unofficially told by the school on Friday that they must take admissions by paying fees and not under RTE. The students are suffering because of this," she said.
Matin Mujawar, a representative of NGO Shikshan Hakka Manch said that it is the responsibility of the government to prevent students from missing out the beginning of the academic year and to ensure that the deprived sections are not left out.
Dinkar Temkar, who is in-charge of the RTE admissions in Maharashta said, "Schools can't deny any admissions yet. The court's decision will come soon and they will have to follow it. The parents should not lose hope as we will find a proper solution."