Seeking admission in English medium schools as mandated
in the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2008
Problems for economically backward students, seeking
admission in English medium schools as mandated in the Right to Education (RTE)
Act, 2008, is far from over.
Even two months after the admission process began and
fortnight after the new session started, most of the English medium schools are
yet to admit BPL students, whose parents are bombarded with counter queries from
On Thursday, a parents' delegation met ADC Ganesh Kumar and
sought his intervention into the matter to ensure rightful admission.
"The schools ask for BPL cards. When we furnish documents
(like income certificate) they say they will verify the documents and later call
us and subsequently say they don't approve income certificates," said Sitaram
Dera, a daily-wage earner, who was trying to get his son Karma Minz admitted to
Tarapore Agrico English School.
Although, ADC has assured of inquiry into the Tarapore school
episode there are several such English schools that are apparently unsympathetic
to the cause of the economically poor children. "Fact of the matter is that
schools are unwilling to take BPL candidates admission because by admitting
economically poor candidates they fear loosing liquid money that comes in
hundreds and thousands from the well-off candidates (in the admission season),"
said RTE activist, Dr Umesh Kumar.
Courtesy: Times of India