Bengaluru: Schools run by Indian Air Force will also come under the Right to Education Act (RTE), and an official order will be issued in this regard soon.
In reply to a letter by commissioner of public instruction, the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has said IAF schools will come under the RTE’s purview.
Commissioner of Public Instruction Mohammed Mohsin told Express, “Following complaints from parents, who applied for RTE seats at Air Force schools, I wrote a letter to the MHRD secretary. The secretary said that except minority institutions, all school will come under the purview of RTE. The secretary said an official order would be issued soon and circulated to the schools and state governments.”
According to information from the Department of Public Instruction, over 63 seats are available under RTE quota in IAF-run schools in Bengaluru. “We have received over 300 applications for the 63 seats,” said an official. Some of the parents have approached the Lokayukta over this issue. “Last week, the Lokayukta summoned us. We informed them about the MHRD communication,” said Mohsin. “We contacted school authorities, who said they have written to MHRD and are waiting for a reply,” he added.
The parents said they prefer the IAF-run schools due to the quality of education offered there. B N Yoganand, general secretary of RTE Students and Parents Association said, “As they are not minority schools, they cannot get RTE exemption. We hope to get justice this year.”
Source: The New Indian Express