Mumbai: A group of private unaided schools have approached the Bombay high court to challenge the Maharashtra government’s new rules that scrapped the Right to Education (RTE) quota for pre-primary classes and set the entry level at Standard I. A division bench of Justices Anoop Mohta and K R Shriram told the government to respond to the petitions and has scheduled a hearing on May 7.
The state had on April 30 issued a circular that schools did not have to reserve 25% seats in pre-primary classes for students aged 3-6 from economically weaker sections of society. The RTE quota that ensures free education for students in the 25% quota would only be applicable from Class I. Private unaided schools were admitting students from economically weaker sections in pre-primary classes from nursery to senior KG under the 25% quota, which provides them free education. The state was to reimburse the fees. Last week, the HC ruled that the state government had to reimburse the fees for pre-primary classes for students admitted under the 25% quota. This led the state to issue a GR that the quota was not mandatory for pre-primary classes.
The GR allowed schools to cancel admissions of children who had been admitted in pre-primary classes this year and instead make space for them in Class I.
Source: The Times of India