Ahmedabad: Gujarat high court has temporarily stayed the Ahmedabad district education officer’s (DEO) order of slapping a fine of Rs4.60 lakh on Rachana School in Shahibaug for allegedly denying admission to 11 students under the 25% quota for the poor enlisted in the Right to Education Act (RTE).
The HC has stayed DEO’s order till June 27, when further hearing would take place.
The school authorities moved the HC after the penalty was imposed on the school last month. DEO also threatened to cancel the NOC given to the school for the CBSE affiliation.
For denying admission to 11 students under quota for poor kids, the school management stated that the parents of these students were not from poor background, but, from well-to-do families. The school authorities claimed that many of these students lived in bungalows and their household electricity bills ranged from Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,000.
Last year, the High court had to intervene on the subject of free admission for poor students to class 1 in private schools under the RTE laws. It was in response to two PILs which stated that private schools were not granting admission to poor kids under the quota. It was alleged that the law was not followed by those schools, which were selected as model schools in the city to implement this welfare scheme.
Source : The Times of India