Ahmedabad: Fearing socio-economic barriers, very few parents have enrolled their kids in premier schools under Right To Education Act, if the thousands of applications received by district education officer (DEO) and district primary education officer (DPEO) are anything to go by. Under the Right to Education Act, schools have to reserve 25 per cent of seats for underprivileged kids with an objective to provide free education.
More than 6,000 admissions were granted to parents who wanted their children to study in government, grant in-aid schools or economicallyviable private schools. Only 300 applications were received from parents wanting their kids to study in premier schools of city. On an average, a school has to allot 25 per cent admissions to class 1 under RTE which comes to approximately 12 students if we consider aclass strength of 48 to 50 in a school. Some of the top schools had 1 or 2 admissions under RTE despite a huge jump in admissions this year.
Compared to last year when 710 such students were enrolled, this year so far, 7,428 admissions were granted. In the admission form, parents had to fill top five choices of schools and submit it to the DEO or DPEO. A total of 8,384 applications were received and 1,213 were rejected because of incomplete documents like missing birth certificate of a child, caste certificate or no address proof. Kanu Patel, a daily wage labourer who enrolled his kid in a government school despite having the option of the best schools in city told Mirror, “I don’t want my kid to face any barriers.
If she would study with kids from rich families, she might get a complex. I want her to study in a school where she is comfortable. So, I enrolled her in a nearby school.” Kanu lives at Ganeshnagar colony in Narol area. Another parent, Molji Chauhan who works at a glass factory enrolled his son in a Hindi medium school in Naroda. Chauhan said, “The good schools are far away and I cannot afford to let him travel 25 km daily just to attend a top class English medium school. Moreover, I don’t have money to pay for his fees after class 8.”
Talking about the reason why parents don’t prefer high-end schools, P K Patel, primary education officer of Daskoi taluka said, “Parents think that the government gives free education until class 8, but after that they will have to bear the costs. So, from class 1 they choose affordable schools in Gujarati or Hindi medium over schools affiliated to CBSE or ICSE.” Praful Jalu, district primary education officer of Ahmedabad district said, “We are not the decision makers. The parents decide where their wards will study. They prefer Gujarati medium schools where their children don’t feel any socio-economic barriers.”
ENROLMENT IN VARIOUS SCHOOLS UNDER RTE
» St Kabir, Drive In Road – 1
» Asia School, Drive in Road – 1
» Tulip International School – 1
» Anand Niketan School, Satellite – 2
» Apple Global School, Satellite – 1
» Tripada International School – 2
» Udgam School, Thaltej – 3
» Delhi Public School, Bopal – 6
» Don Bosco School, Vejalpur – 8
» Zydus School for Excellence, Vejalpur – 10
» Shayona Vidhya Vihar – 11
» Ahmedabad International School, Bodakdev – 13
» DAV International, Makarba – 15
» A-One School, Satellite – 21
» Narayan Guru School, Satellite – 36
Source: Ahmedabad Mirror