HUBBALLI: Vaishnavi Habib, studying in UKG at Chinmaya Vidyalaya, cannot seek admission under the Right To Education (RTE) Act because the government has instructed her school to provide RTE seats only for LKG.
The same circular allows schools that do not have pre-primary classes to admit students to class 1 under RTE. Like Vaishnavi, over 3,800 students in Hubballi city alone cannot apply for RTE seats due to the restriction. Though private schools are ready to give seats in class 1, the circular restricts them from doing so.
Vaishnavi’s father Vinayak Habib says that though his family falls under the below poverty line (BPL) category and his daughter is eligible for a seat under RTE, the circular is a hurdle.
Bhaskar Jituri, a social activist who has approached the CM, the education minister, legislators and education department officials, said the government is denying students studying in pre-primary classes their fundamental right. “The circular states that schools having LKG should provide admission under RTE only to LKG. Such schools cannot provide admission to the first standard.”
RS Patil Kulkarni of the District Parents’ Association accused the government of bowing to pressure from the private schools lobby. “We had submitted a memorandum to the Dharwad DDPI which he had forwarded to the commissioner. Instead of taking action, the government has issued the same content in an order dated December 7, 2014,” he said.
Source: Times of India