RTE Act against fundamental rights, will oppose it: Jamiat
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Last Updated: Monday, July 19, 2010, 23:24
New Delhi: Terming the Right to Education Act as "against the fundamental rights", Jamiat-Ulema-i-Hind today threatened to oppose it with full vigour, demanding exemption of schools run by religious and linguistic minorities from its provisions.

"Right to Education is against the fundamental right guaranteed in Article 29 of our Constitution and against the interest of thousands of missionary schools, pathshalas and Madarsas spread throughout the country," President of Jamiat-Ulema-i-Hind Maulana Syed Arshad Madani said in a press release.

He said the provision for "compulsory admission of children in specific schools only, as demanded in the Right to Education Act, will only deprive religious and linguistic minorities of their identity."

Madani said the Government of India should not do anything which will affect the freedom of a person as envisaged in the Constitution.

He added that if the government does not exempt the religious and linguistic minorities run schools from the provisions of this Act, he will be compelled to call for an emergency meeting of all the stake holders in the second week of October and "oppose the same with full vigour".

Madani said the "Jamiat will not hesitate to knock the door of the Supreme Court to retain their right."

The Act, which came into effect this April, says that every child aged between 6 and 14 years will have the right to free and compulsory elementary education at a neighbouring school. The cost of the entire period will be borne by the Central and state government in a 65:35 ratio.


First Published: Monday, July 19, 2010, 23:24

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