10,600 children suffer due to RTE violation: DCPCR
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Last Updated: Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 21:27
New Delhi: Over 10,000 children were victims of various discrimination by city schools which allegedly violated provisions of Right to Education Act that came into effect in April this year, a child rights body said Tuesday.

The Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR), which monitors implementation of the legislation in city schools, said it has registered cases against the schools which violated the RTE Act.

"Over 10,600 children faced various kinds of discrimination in the last nine months which is pure violation of RTE Act. We have registered cases against each violation," said DCPCR chief Amod Kanth.

He said in most cases, the violations ranged from denial of admission to economically weaker section to charging of fees for holding screening test for selection of students.

"In total we registered violations of 15 kinds," he said.

Kanth, a retired IPS officer, said parents often come to the DCPCR with their complaints and after carrying out verification, the Commission, which is a statutory body, takes "appropriate steps".

"We issue notice to schools based on kind of violations and in most cases the school authorities comply with the DCPCR directives," he said.

Identifying lack of awareness about RTE Act as a major reason for violations, he said DCPCR has been focusing on creating more awareness among parents, teachers and management of the schools.

The historic RTE law making education a fundamental right of every child in the age group of six to 14 years had come into force on April one. It makes it obligatory on part of the state governments and local bodies to ensure that every child gets education in a school in the neighbourhood.

The DCPCR had set up an RTE cell which monitors implementation of the legislation by various schools.

The child rights body had issued a notice to Delhi Government last week terming its nursery admission guidelines as "violative" of the Right to Education Act.

The Government had on last Wednesday announced broad guidelines for admission into nursery classes virtually giving almost total leeway to private schools to frame their own criteria for enrolment of children.

Taking cognisance of the guidelines, DCPCR told the Education Department to re-examine the order as "top priority" since prima-facie it is violative of the RTE Act.

The DCPCR said the freedom given to the private schools to formulate their own admission rules would result in Government not having any control over the admission policies of the respective schools.


First Published: Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 21:27

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