With school admissions round the corner, the Association of Schools for the Indian School Certificate is planning to file an application in the Supreme Court for an interim order in the case filed against the Right To Education Act.
The body had filed a petition in the SC in February objecting to several clauses in the Act, on the grounds that it interfered with the functioning of private, unaided schools. Such schools are most concerned about a clause that requires them to admit up to 25% of their strength in Class 1 from children of weak and disadvantaged groups in the neighbourhood.
“Our prayer will be that admissions are coming up now in December so the matter is pressing,” said Shobha, the advocate for the schools in the case, at a conference of ICSE principals in the city.
The session had been organised to help principals understand the Act and its implications. The petition objects to several clauses, including the ones that state no child can be failed until Class 8, and the local authority has the power to revoke a school’s No Objection Certificate.