Private schools under RTI ambit: Education department

  • Vivek Gupta, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jul 29, 2014 11:17 IST

The UT education department’s first appellate authority has clarified in a May 16 order that all private schools in the city are covered under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005. Most private schools had been denying information on various issues to applicants claiming that they did not come under the ambit of the act.

The order came on an appeal by city resident JL Gogna before the education department after Bhavan Vidyalayas in Sectors 27 and 33, refused to provide him information on whether the school had kept a reserved fund (money meant for emergency use) as mandated by the Central Board of Secondary Education. He appealed against the schools’ decision and following the ruling by the first appellate authority, was provided the information he requested for.

Gogna, however, told HT, that the information furnished to him was still not complete and relevant and he planned to file an appeal before the Director Public Instruction (DPI) (schools) to get the desired information.

He claimed that the he would even appeal to the chief information commissioner, New Delhi, in case he did not get the required response from the DPI (schools).

The appellate authority’s order quoted the judgments of the Supreme Court, J&K high court and the chief informa-tion commissioner, New Delhi, and concluded that private schools were liable to comply with the act.

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