New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday
sought replies from the city government and four of its
schools on a petition filed by a group of girls accusing them
of violating the Right to Education(RTE) Act by denying them
admission in various classes.
Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw issued notice to
Directorate of Education, NCT Delhi, Sarvodaya Kanya Bal
Vidyalaya, Babarpur, Govt. Girls Senior Secondary Schools, New
Ashok Nagar, and two other schools from Kahjuri Khas
area-Govt. Girls Senior Secondary Schools and Rajakiya
Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya.
The respondents have been asked to give their response
by August 5.
Filing the petition through counsel Ashok Aggarwal,
the girls alleged that the government and its schools have
violated the RTE Act and arbitrarily taken a decision not to
admit them on various grounds.
"These cases of girl students are only few instances.
The government schools are invariably denying admission to
thousands of students on false amd illegal grounds...," the
counsel argued before the court.
According to the counsel, the girls were denied
admission on grounds like no seat was available, students who
had dropped out could not be re-admitted, of being over-age or
belonging to neighbouring UP.
Denial of admission was unconstitutional and against
the fundamental right to have education, Aggarwal submitted.
The Court fixed August 8 as the next date for further
hearing of the case.