Mumbai | RICH EXPLOITING RTE, SCHOOL BUSTS RACKET

Bombay International School catches affluent students applying for admission under poor’s quota.

Six of the seven students who sought admission to Malabar Hill’s Bombay International School under the Right to Education (RTE) Act hail from well-off families with some apparently enjoying holidays abroad, preliminary background checks conducted by the school suggest.

The school rejected the six applicants earlier this week and has sought more details from the parents of the lone student whose admission request is still under consideration, according to a board member who oversees admissions at the institution.

Mirror could not verify the information with Bombay International principal Mona Seervai.

The RTE Act guarantees free education to children from poor families. All schools, be it private or government aided, have to reserve 25 per cent of the seats for such children aged between 6 and 14.

As part of background checks, Bombay International appointed an agency to conduct online searches for the seven applicants. Some Facebook profiles, which the agency believes belong to family members, had pictures showing six applicants in plush apartments and at foreign holiday destinations.

“We did background checks as most cases [applications] seemed suspicious. We scanned their Facebook profiles and other online pages and found that six students were living in good localities and had even vacationed abroad. Such students cannot seek admission under the RTE Act, which offers free education to children whose parents earn less than Rs 1 lakh a year,” said Mihir Javeri, a board member at Bombay International.

BMC education officer Prakash Charate said the civic body was not aware of any such cases. “If there are any such cases, the school concerned should alert the education department,” he said.

Source :Mumbai Mirror

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