September 27, 2013 6:11:46 am
A judicial committee of the Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KCPCR) overseeing implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act has asked the state government to not restrict RTE to students who have sought regular admission in a school.
A circular to fill vacancies in a school by considering only students who have applied for admission in the school was a clear violation of the RTE Act,the committee headed by retired judges A J Sadashiva and Chandrasekharaiah and V P Niranjanaradhya said,while disposing a case registered before the KCPCR by the Child Line of Mangalore.
Under the RTE Act,a student can get admission at any point in an academic year and a government circular stopping admissions on May 30 was also a violation,it ruled.
The committee recommended that the government withdraw all such circulars and set clear guidelines to implement the RTE Act properly avoiding confusion.
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It observed that the government erred in setting February 5 as the last date for the admission of a student under RTE Act and later revising it to May 30.
The committee also recommended that the education department create awareness about the Act. It said the department must take action against schools violating the Act and collecting excess fees. The licences of such schools should be cancelled,it said.
The committee was reviewing some of the 300 cases filed before the KCPCR against non-implementation of the Act.
KCPCR chairperson H R Umesh Aradhya said of the 300 cases,nearly 200 were from Bangalore.
The committee has conducted public hearings in 32 cases and the judgments have been also applied to pending cases.
Justice (retd) Sadashiva said the orders in the 32 cases could apply to other cases if the facts and issues were similar.
The cases include denial of admission,corporal punishment,emotional abuse,discrimination and denial of entitlement.
What the KCPCR committee said
* Cancel accreditation of Gear Innovative International School,Doddakannelli,and VLS International School,Basaveshwaranagar,for violating RTE Act and dishonouring the commission by skipping public hearings and not responding to notices
* SYA School in Sanjayanagar should stop collecting excess fees. A government committee should be formed to decide school fees across the state after a scientific study
* Cut increment of a teacher who harassed a class VIII student of Haranahalli Rural High School in Shimoga district
* Sri Lakshmiranganath School in Chandra Layout asked to pay Rs 20,000 to parents of LKG student Rashmi,who was locked in a toilet as punishment recently,plus Rs 5,000 for medical expenses
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