May 8, 2015 3:33:04 am
By: Alifiya Khan
Barely a few days after the state issued a government resolution (GR) restricting the entry point for admissions under the Right to Education (RTE) Act to Class I, a bench of judges hearing a case filed by a few schools from Pune and Solapur in the Bombay High Court issued a status quo order on the admission procedure on Thursday.
“The court has given the education department four weeks to give its say on Class I as entry point, besides issuing a status quo on the GR that was issued on April 30,” said Mahavir Mane, director, primary education.
As per the GR, schools were to reserve 25 per cent seats in Class I as their entry level point. Thus, pre-primary RTE admissions done this year were to be cancelled. However, with the court issuing status quo order, the GR cannot be enforced now.
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The court decision came a day after the education department filed an FIR at Vimantal police station under IPC Section 188 against Symbiosis International School for denying admissions under the 25 per cent quota.
“An FIR had been lodged by education department officials against the school for allegedly denying quota admissions to a few children in Class I. We asked the school to reply but they said they have filed a petition in high court,” said Sanjay Korundkar, senior police inspector, Vimantal police station.
Meanwhile, Vidya Yeravdekar, director, Symbiosis International University, said the school was not opposed to give admissions but is against the dual-entry point. “We had already given admissions at pre-primary level as that is our entry point. However, the state now wants us to admit children in Class I. To counter this, a few schools from Pune filed a petition against the dual-entry point policy. This complaint was lodged even when the our case was pending in the court,” she said.
Jagannath Pathare, who heads the school’s legal affairs and was present in court, claimed that the school even got reprieve from the court on Wednesday evening. “The court asked the education department not to take any coercive action against schools through police or any other agencies,” he said, adding the status quo order now paves the way for schools to give admissions at their entry point, be it pre-primary or Class I.
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