Mumbai: Kids denied admission under RTE, 50 parents protest

This year, when only two months were left for the academic year to end, the BMC’s education department conducted a second round of lottery on January 20, which was supposed to be held last year before the academic year started.

Around 50 parents protested on Saturday in front of the State Child Rights Commission office in order to get justice for children from economically weaker sections (EWS) who were refused admission by city schools under the 25% Right to Education (RTE) quota.

This year, when only two months were left for the academic year to end, the BMC’s education department conducted a second round of lottery on January 20, which was supposed to be held last year before the academic year started. That left many schools with no option but to refuse the admissions of those students whose names came up in the second round of the RTE lottery.

Suhir Paranjpe, the convener of Anudanit Shiksha Bachchao Samiti, said: “Of the 50 parents who protested, the children of around 15 to 20 parents were refused admission by different schools. The parents have been running from pillar to post since last year to get admission under the RTE quota after they won the lottery, but some schools are refusing them. Even the education department is not coming ahead to help them. That is why we have come to protest at the office of Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MSCPCR).”

Source : dnaindia

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