Another body of private schools is considering filing a petition in the Supreme Court against a clause in the Right To Education Act that requires schools to admit at least 25 per cent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The Association of Heads of Anglo-Indian Schools, a body of 200-odd schools that qualify as “minority institutions” has decided to seek legal opinion on the contentious clause. The association met on Saturday as part of their annual meet.
Members of the Association include some of the country’s best-known schools such as the La Martiniere and Frank Anthony Public Schools in different cities, Cathedral and John Connon School and Bombay Scottish in Mumbai.
The Act came into force in April last year.
A Jaipur-based forum of unaided schools as well as an all-India association of ICSE schools has already petitioned the Supreme Court against the Act. “We are seeking legal counsel on the matter and will explore the options of filing a separate petition or becoming an intervening party in the on going cases,” said a principal who did not wish to be named.
All these institutions fall under the category of “minority” institutions. They have objected to the 25% clause in the Act on the grounds that it infringes on their constitutional rights as minority institutions to determine their admissions.
“We are not against the Act per se, but we also need to ensure our own rights are not violated,” said another principal. “As Anglo-Indian institutions we have been serving minority communities for several years.”