Complaints on schools tops list of cases before NCPCR, DCPCR
New Delhi: Despite the enforcement of the
Right To Education (RTE) Act, complaints related to schools
including those of corporal punishment and denial of admission
top the list of cases both before the national child rights
commission and its Delhi counterpart in the last one year.
Among the 675 cases dealt with by National Commission for
Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) in 2010-11, 154 were
regarding schools, including corporal punishment, abuse,
sexual assault and humiliation, officials said.
The next category was child health and nutrition,
regarding which 142 cases were brought to the panel`s notice.
Meanwhile, 11,725 cases pertaining to violation of RTE
were reported to the Delhi Commission of Protection of Child
Rights (DCPCR) in the last one year, including 68 of corporal
punishment and 9,789 of denial of admission to schools.
Upon the intervention of the Commission, 3,216 children
have been enrolled in schools in Delhi after initial denial of
admission. The other cases include those relating to drop-out
of students, education of children with special needs, denial
of the benefit of freeship under economically weaker section
(EWS) category and screening process for admission.
According to figures available with DCPCR, it has taken
up 96 cases of denial of benefit of freeship under EWS quota,
72 of cases of mental harassment to children and 33 cases of
demand of capitation fee during the same period. There were
also 199 complaints of denial of registration form to children
belonging to EWS category.
Complaints of corporal punishment, collection of fee and
poor infrastructure, including non-functional toilets in
schools, were heard by the NCPCR during a public hearing on
violation of RTE in Trilokpuri in April.
The commission, besides giving case-wise directions, had
also issued a set of general recommendations on developing
school safety and school health policies.
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