THE Bombay High Court on Saturday ruled that the Jnana Prabodhini School has violated the Right to Education Act 2009 in the academic year 2013-14,and hence,from next year,no screening test should be conducted by the school. The court however said that this years admissions will not be cancelled.
Meanwhile,the school has sent a proposal to the Education Minister,asking him to include it in the list of special schools that are exempted from implementing the RTE.
As per RTE Act 2009,no screening test or capitation fee should be taken from students taking admission from class I to class VIII. Jnana Prabodhini had conducted a screening test to admit students to class V. They had argued that the school is a special school which has introduced new ideas. For giving admission to such schools,conducting a test of intelligence is unavoidable, the school had said.
However,the high court said in its ruling,We direct that the admissions granted to standard V shall not be cancelled in the middle of the present academic year.
The court has also ruled that the school should conduct admissions as per the RTE Act from the next academic year. We make it clear that the students who are admitted to class V during this academic year shall not be required to again secure admission to the same class next year..
Talking to Newsline,Milind Naik,the principal of Jnana Prabodhini said,Ours is a special school. We had sent a letter to the HRD minister asking for exemption from the rules under the RTE Act which says no to a screening process. He replied that if the school is recognised as a special school by the state government,since education is a state subject,it can be put in a list along with schools like Sainik School that are exempted from RTE rules. We hence have sent a letter to the school Education Minister Rajendra Darda asking to include our school in the list of special schools. Once we receive an answer will we decide on our next step.