The Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) Tuesday presented its annual report on complaints filed under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, ranging from corporal punishment, sexual harassment of children, denial of admission and other similar complaints.
In the year 2014-15, the DCPCR processed 195 cases under the RTE of which 175 cases have been disposed off. The remaining 20 are being looked into, says the report.
A majority of cases under the act pertain to denial of admission to children in neighbourhood schools. Thirty-one such cases were reported in the year 2014-15. However, denial of admission under EWS quota education is the highest — 32 cases were reported last year.
This is followed by mental harassment of students. “There are 19 cases of children subjected to mental harassment,” states the report.
The commission also recorded that some Delhi schools still resort to corporal punishment. “Fifteen such cases were reported in the year in which the commission had to intervene,” stated the report.
Cases of injury/death of child in schools have also been reported, and a total 11 such cases were attended to.
The commission also claims to have received four cases of sexual harassment/assault/molestation of children in school.
The remaining complaints are related to lack of basic amenities, denial of entitlements such as uniforms, books and stationary, no special educators in schools, security and safety of children, corrections in school records, holding interaction or entrance test of parents, lack of teachers in schools.
The report also cited some of the complaints received by the commission. “A complaint was received from a father regarding harassment and expulsion of his son from a reputed school in central Delhi. The student was in Class VII… After a meeting with school authorities and a promise of monthly counselling of child, he was re-admitted to the school.”