The Right to Education Act (RTE) that came into effect from April 1 mentions there should be no entrance test for a child seeking admission to any class.
But a Delhi government advertisement on March 28 — an admission notice for Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalayas (RPVVs) — says students must sit for an entrance exam for admission to class 6.
In what would be a clear violation of the section 13 of the RTE Act, "if any school or person … subjects a child to a screening procedure, shall be punishable with fine which may extend to twenty-five thousand rupees for the first contravention and fifty thousand rupees for each subsequent contraventions."
The admission notice mentions, "All registered students will have to appear in the entrance test that will be administered on the same day, date and time in all RPVVs."
The entrance test for the RPVVs, which have classes 6 to 12, is conducted every year consists of objective type questions to test numerical ability, mental ability, general knowledge and language.
City-based lawyer and activist Ashok Agarwal, who is also associated with the NGO Social Jurist, has already written to CM Sheila Dikshit, Directorate of Education (DoE) and Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) to intervene and withdraw it immediately.
"What is the point of having such an act and then see it undermined by such tests. The government should withdraw the notice immediately," said Agarwal, who plans to file a PIL if the government does not take immediate action.
"When I approached government officials, they said that in the absence of an entrance test, the standard of the RPVVs will fall," he added.
Amod Kanth, chairperson, DCPCR said, "We will ensure there is no violation of the Act. We will take up the issue with the DoE on Monday."