A recent media report, published in on Wednesday, claimed that over 80% of Delhi’s private schools are not implementing the rules under the right to education (RTE) Act and are also not reserving 35% seats for students from Economically Weaker Sections (EWS).
The study carried out by an NGO, named Indus Action, works on education. The report titled ‘Bright Spots: Status of Social Inclusion through RTE’ is based on a survey of 10,000 people.
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The objective of the Section 12 (1) (C) of the Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009 is to increase social involvement and to reserve a minimum 25% of seats for EWS and children of disadvantaged groups in private, non-aided and non-minority schools.
States are not publishing the data related to the monitoring of children enrolled in the schools while five states and union territories have not yet notified the provision, finds survey.
The report also mentioned that 13 states and union territories have no information about the enrolled students in their schools under this provision. In collaboration with PVR Nest, Indus Action will present this report officially on Friday. The insights of this report will be shared followed by a panel discussion on “Social Inclusion”.
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The reports states that the reason for the lack of policy implementation is that, in some states, there is a relaxation of the income limit whereas in others, there is a limit on minimum wages. Some states are considering only BPL (Below Poverty Line) families under EWS.
The Indian Express quoted the report by saying that there is also ambiguity on the definition of education. Some school assistants charge fees which are huge on the beneficiary parents and guardians.
Moreover, the report states that after passing Class 8, the students suffer from a lack of institutional clarity for their future. In addition, the requirement of Aadhaar card and other documents has excluded children of migrants, children of single mothers and others from the beneficiary population.