(News) Seeking admission in English medium schools as mandated in the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2008

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 school authorities.

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.

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Courtesy: Times of India