Mumbai | Schools refuse RTE admissions despite notices

Mumbai: Several students who were refused admissions by city schools under the Right to Education act are still left in a lurch as schools are not willing to comply with those norms despite several notices from the state education department.

The state education department has issued a warning to all the respective schools that their recognition would be cancelled if they do not admit all the students who have been legitimately allotted the school as per the lottery.

Mirror had earlier reported about more than 200 schools that were given notices by the BMC and the state education department for denying admissions to several students citing various excuses like lack of space.

Some of the top schools that have still not admitted students include MET Rishikul, Don Bosco, Vikhroli, St Anthony, Dharavi and Mahindra Academy, Malad. Schools such as Mahindra Academy and MET Rishikul have moved court over the issue with their set of explanations, citing confusion at two entry points – junior KG and Class I.

The Mahindra academy school said that they have already started with the admission procedures following the court order.

When asked about this, the MET Rishikul spokesperson said: “The parents have moved the Child Rights Commission and we have sent a list of explanations for non compliance to the commission. We are waiting for an order after which we will decide whether to admit these students or not.”

One of the parents whose child has been denied admission by MET Rishikul, said: “We have been running from pillar to post so that our children get an admission that has been allotted officially under the RTE. However, authorities have been extremely rude and irresponsible and have outright denied us admissions.”

BB Chavan, deputy director of education, Mumbai region, said: “We have given multiple notices to these schools despite which they have not complied with the norms. If they still do not comply, strict action will be taken against the concerned schools.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

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