The RTE act as per section 13(1) say that, “No school or person shall, while admitting a child, collect any capitation fee and subject the child or his or her parents or guardian to any screening procedure.” This act is formulated on the basis that no child has to face undue circumstances based on the education received by their parents or conditions outside their immediate control. However the education department in our country has failed massively to put this act into practice in private schools. Minority schools are exempted from this act, all other private schools are supposed to adhere to it.
However city-based private schools have not just failed to implement the complete provisions of the Right to Education (RTE) Act 2009, but have also failed to interpret them correctly. This year too private schools have announced the conduct of tests and interviews for admission to all classes, except the entry-level ones. Advocates have said that the act is applicable for students of classes I to VIII, private schools have only exempted the entry level class from the screening session. According to the act no child or parent should be screened in any way. This blatant violation by private schools only indicated the failure of the education department in our country.
The activists supporting RTE Act blame the education department for failing to act against erring schools. Though complaints have been filed against the department in court, proper legal action is yet to be taken. Some private schools take the cover of falling under minority schools to evade the Act but many have been found stating false claims. This is a serious issue which is being neglected for quite a while. Immediate action needs to be taken for redressing wrongs that continued till date.
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