Mixed reaction to SC upholding RTE validity

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the constitutional validity of the Right to Education that made it compulsory for private unaided schools to reserve 25 per cent of seats for students from economically and socially weaker sections of society.

Written by Samarpita Banerjee | Pune | Published: April 13, 2012 2:24:51 am

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the constitutional validity of the Right to Education (RTE) that made it compulsory for private unaided schools to reserve 25 per cent of seats for students from economically and socially weaker sections of society. While activists lauded the move,principals gave a mixed reaction about it.

Jayshree Venkatraman,principal,DAV Aundh,said,“The socially and economically weaker sections are our responsibility. We need to go with the flow. The government and schools need to work together to ensure that the move is implemented. We need to take the parents’ associations into confidence and organise charity functions or fund-raisers as the government won’t fund the entire fees of these students. It is a great move and we will wholeheartedly support the cause.”

However,a few principals were not sure about how the move is to be implemented. “There are two matters of concern. One is the financial. Since we are private schools,we do not get any funds. Supporting 25 per cent students might be difficult for us. The other is the emotional trauma that the students might go through. Many students might take time to adjust to the way our schools function. Also,in the future,if their parents are not able to match their expectations,they might feel depressed. These are a few points that need to be worked upon,” said Mrunmayi Bhave,principal of Gurukul School.

Nalini Sengupta,principal of the Vidya Valley School said,“It is a great move but there is a need for more clarity on criteria like giving admission to students from a particular area near the school or selecting students of a particular income group.”

Sandeep Chavan,education activist said while it is a good move,there is a need for the government to ensure it is implemented.

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