With the Supreme Court upholding the Constitutional validity of the Right to Education Act,2009. All the private aided and unaided schools,except for the minority unaided schools,in the city will now have to admit underprivileged children to 25 per cent of seats in entry class.
The court has also stated that the judgement will come into force from today and,hence,it will not apply to admissions granted after the enactment of the legislation.
This makes it clear that all those children from Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) of society admitted in these minority unaided schools in the last two academic session and in the current academic – which started on April 2 – will continue to study in these schools.
However,the question that remains unanswered is whether these children earlier been admitted to attain free education from the school,under RTE Act,will now be able to avail education in the same schools for free?
Speaking to Newsline,Kavita Das,principal of St Johns School said,We have been educating the EWS children for free since last many years and at present we have as many as 300 such children enrolled with us. The situation will remain the same. The only difference is that we may not admit the high number of EWS children as RTE Act demanded,but financial burden will not be an issue.
Samuel Charles,principal of Mount Carmel School said,Teaching the needy children without fee has been a regular feature in our school. Now,how will we cope with the financial burden here with the children already admitted,so far,will needs a deeper thought. We may charge a nominal fee if need be,but we will need some more time to decide.
Since the provisions of the RTE Act will not apply to these 10 schools,they will not be entitled to receive reimbursements from the UT Administration for providing free education to the EWS children.