Uttar Pradesh | Schools refuse seats under RTE

Lucknow: Parents and social activists are staging an indefinite protest in the state capital against the flouting of the Right to Education Act (2009) in Uttar Pradesh schools and the reluctance of the Akhilesh government to implement the same.

The RTE Act, (Section 12), provides for reservation of 25 per cent of seats in all schools for free and compulsory education to children from the under-privileged classes. While the UP government has technically implemented this 25 per cent reservation for such children in the state’s elite schools, no efforts are being made to ensure its implementation, alleged protesters. Despite mounting pressure from parents, civil societies and activists, a large number of elite schools across the state continue to refuse admission to children from backward and marginalised communities, they said
For instance, Lucknow’s City Montessori School has stubbornly refused to admit children under the RTE Act.

The school has persistently ignored the orders of the district magistrate to admit 31 such students in the new academic session. On the contrary, the school management has even challenged the order in the Lucknow bench of Allahabad high court.

The high court has ordered the Basic Shiksha Adhikari of Lucknow to inspect if ample space was available in the school to accommodate the 31 students.

Source: The Asian Age

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