The single mother who went to take admission was returned from the gate: Interviewed the child and said- ‘You are not eligible to study in the class’, will not get admission – Bharat Times English News

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New Delhi14 minutes agoAuthor: Sunakshi Gupta

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Under the Right to Education Act (RTE), there is a rule to give free admission to children in private schools. But the rules of RTE are being flouted in Noida, adjacent to the country’s capital Delhi. Schools are presenting wrong data of RTE seats. They are even categorically refusing to take admission in the primary classes in the school.

In fact, under the Right to Education Act (RTE) 2009, every child up to 14 years of age in the country has been given the right to study for free. This system is especially for those children who are economically and socially weak. Under this, every private school has to teach and enroll children in 25% of its seats in each class.

In reality, even after the names of the children in the lottery, the parents are going round the school and the education department. So private schools sometimes take interviews of children and send them back after calling them ineligible. Sometimes these children are shown the way out of school by telling the distance of home from school. In the race for admission under RTE, Gautam Budh Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh has made its place among the top districts. Whereas more than 40 private schools in the district have messed up the seats on the RTE portal. 16 schools have removed only nursery and primary classes from their schools.

After interviewing the child, it is said that it is not worth studying in class 1
Mohammad Wasim, a resident of Salarpur, Noida, says that he applied under RTE to enroll son Mohammad Jian in pre-primary class. The name of the child also appeared in the second lottery of RTE. Jaypee School located in Sector-128 was allotted for admission. On July 16, the child was interviewed for class 1. Later told the parents that your child is not eligible to study in class 1 and cannot enroll in nursery class.

Whereas under the RTE Act, no school is allowed to interview a child nor does it have the right to refuse admission to the child on the basis of that. Admission is given on the basis of age and qualification of the child.

After interviewing a five-year-old child, the teacher said that he is not fit to study in class 1.  The child asks when will I go to school.

After interviewing a five-year-old child, the teacher said that he is not fit to study in class 1. The child asks when will I go to school.

The only girl child of a single mother did not get admission even far away
The central government has given the slogan ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ to educate the girl child. But the only girl of a single mother is getting worried about studying in school. Anita Chauhan (name changed) of Noida tells that her daughter Ishita Chauhan (name changed aunt) has appeared in the second lottery of RTE. He was allotted Shri Ram Millennium School, Sector-135 for admission in pre-primary class. But on reaching here, the girl’s mother did not even get entry in the school. Ishita’s mother is a single mother, the girl’s father died in January this year. Ishita is taking care of the girl child by living in a rented house. For a living, she teaches tuition to the children of the neighborhood. When the girl’s maternal uncle came to get admission in the school, she was returned saying that the girl’s address does not come within 2 km radius of the school, hence admission will not be given. Admission will be given only if parents bring letter from BSA. In the process that started in June, half of July has also passed, the family is only going round the school and education department, but admission is not available.

School is doing arbitrariness, first seat missing, now class is also missing
Supreme Court lawyer Rudra Vikram Singh, who exposed the irregularities in RTE admission in Gautam Buddha Nagar, says that many private schools in the district are violating the RTE Act in a big way. 16 schools in the district have given wrong information of admission class on the portal of Uttar Pradesh Government Basic Education Department. Even after having primary and pre-primary admission classes in these schools, these schools have given only class 1 information to the department. There are less admissions in class 1, so these schools take less admission in RTE by giving information of the same students. While there is no such provision in the RTE Act, according to this, schools have to admit children in the admission class.

The violators of RTE include well-known private schools in the district like Step by Step School, Sarla Chopra DAV School, Kothari International School, Ramagya School, DPS School and Apeejay School.

There are 39 schools in Gautam Budh Nagar district which have given wrong information about RTE seats in their school. Schools have shown only 40 seats in primary so that 25% i.e. only 10 admissions have to be taken in RTE. Whereas in reality there are 200-250 admissions in nursery and primary classes every year in these schools. The information of these schools which have made disturbances in RTE is uploaded on the RTE portal of Uttar Pradesh itself. In Rudra RTE, a letter has been written to the Director General of School Education, Uttar Pradesh, complaining against the schools playing with the future of the children. Aishwarya Lakshmi, Basic Education Officer, Gautam Budh Nagar did not respond.

How the record admission was done in a single year, the question raised
There are 1140 private schools registered under RTE in Gautam Budh Nagar. There are total 18 thousand 29 seats in all these private schools. In the year 2021-22, about four thousand students were selected. In this private schools did not even admit more than half the students. More than 30 schools had shown their seats less as compared to 2020. The education department had issued notices to these schools.

This year, five thousand students have been selected in the list of three lotteries for the 2022-23 session. This time the schools have been arbitrary, have shown less seats, have also made classes disappear. But more than four thousand children have been enrolled in the records of the Education Department.

RTE admission procedure and rules

  • All the private schools in the district upload their admission class seats information on the RTE portal of the state.
  • As per the seat data, 25% seats in each class are reserved for RTE.
  • The Basic Education Department does the verification of the information done by the schools.
  • Parents apply on the portal of RTE.
  • Parents select the schools that are within a radius of 3 km from the immediate vicinity of their home.
  • The Basic Education Department verifies the documents of all the applicants.
  • Online lottery is drawn thrice on behalf of the Education Department, in which the list of selected children is prepared and sent for admission in schools.
  • Parents go to school and submit their child’s documents and get admission.

Rules for admission :-

  • For admission in RTE, the income of parents should be less than Rs 3.5 lakh per annum. Parents can also be from backward communities.
  • Children who are orphans, transgender, suffering from HIV or any other dangerous disease, they apply.
  • If the selected student is not eligible as per his/her age in the selected class then the school will have to admit him/her in the second class on the basis of their merit.

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