Madurai

Call for changes in RTE reservation provision

Parents and activists working in the field of education have called for changes in 25 per cent reservation provision of the Right to Education Act.

As per the Act, the schools are required to provide 25 per cent reservation to students from the weaker sections at the entry level classes.

Activists and parents have expressed concern that the provision serves no purpose when implemented only at the entry level classes. The provision should be extended to at least five classes from the entry level, they have urged. “When I approached a private school to admit my daughter under the RTE Act for Class III, they declined the request stating that they will admit students under the Act at the entry level that is kindergarten,” said R. Kodeeswaran, a parent.

Besides, no school notifies details such as dates when applications are issued for admission under the RTE Act, he claimed.

T.V. Parvatha Vardhini, managing trustee of Littles Trust, a non-governmental organisation, said that as per legal guidelines the private schools are required to put up notifications on admissions in the school notice boards.

“In most cases, no one is aware of the notifications put up in notice boards inside the school campus. The schools are supposed to notify the number of vacancies and complete admission process under the Act in May. However, many parents approach the schools for admission only in June, making it convenient for the schools to say admissions are already over,” she said.

“No private school in the State has implemented the Act properly.”

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