Deposit fee or leave, school tells four-year-old

  • HT Correspondent, None, BHARATPUR
  • Updated: Nov 13, 2014 16:44 IST

A private school in state’s Bharatpur city has asked a four-year-old girl to deposit fees or leave school, which officials said, was in contravention of the Right to Education Act.

The education department and State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR) said the school’s interpretation of the RTE Act was wrong.

The student, who hails from an economically weak family, was admitted to Shri Guru Harikrishan Senior Secondary Public School under the RTE Act in lower kindergarten this year.

RTE Act mandates free and compulsory education to children between 6 to 14 years. The Act also requires all private schools to reserve 25% of seats to children of economically-poor families.

Activists in the state said the legislation is applicable to schools where entry-level classes admit student below six.

Though the school management was not available for comments, sources said the institute was adamant on its stand that she was below six years of age and hence should be either in class 1 or pay fees.

Subhash Chand, the father of Nivedita Pradhan, said that he was in no position pay `7,800 demanded by the school.

However, the district education department has found the school’s stand wrong and has decided to take action against it.

“We have issued a notice to the school to follow the rule and have asked it to allow the girl under RTE,” said Kusum Verma, district education officer. Vishambhar, a member of the SCPCR, said it was wrong for the school to cancel an Right To Education enrollment, and added that the commission would also probe the matter. Bharatpur, on the eastern tip of the state, is around 185 km from capital Jaipur.

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