Haryana Govt seeks report after school turns out HIV+ children

Acting on an NGO`s claim that a private school in Gurgaon had expelled eight children because they were HIV positive, the Haryana government on Thursday sought a detailed report from the District Education Officer.

Updated: Dec 24, 2010, 00:32 AM IST

Chandigarh/Gurgaon: Acting on an NGO`s
claim that a private school in Gurgaon had expelled eight
children because they were HIV positive, the Haryana
government on Thursday sought a detailed report from the District
Education Officer.

The District Education Officer has been directed by
the state education department to submit a report by December
27, an official release said here tonight.

The affected children are at present studying in
state-run schools.

"The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory
Education Act, 2009 clearly stipulates that a child suffering
from disability would have the right to pursue free and
compulsory education," the release said.

It also said the Haryana School Education Department
Rules for recognition of schools "clearly provide that any
school which has been recognised by the state government would
be open for admission to all, without any discrimination based
on religion, caste, race, place of birth or any other
whimsical ground or extraneous reasons."

It said in case facts were found to be true, the
department would take strict action, even to the extent of
withdrawing recognition of the private school, it said.

Meanwhile, in Gurgaon, District Education Officer
Jyoti Choudhary said the incidentally will be thoroughly
investigated and those who are found guilty after the probe
will "not be spared".

A representative of an NGO alleged that these eight
students were expelled last year because they were HIV
positive. They were later admitted to two government schools
at Bhondsi village on Gurgaon-Sohna road.

The representative alleged that when school
authorities came to know about the medical condition of these
students, they also meted out poor treatment to them.

These children are not allowed to mix with other
students and attend classrooms with others. They are forced to
do cleaning, gardening and other activities which are supposed
to be executed by the school staff, the NGO alleged.

PTI

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