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We should welcome a ruling that promises every child a chance

Under the RTE, private schools must now reserve 25% of their seats for underprivileged students. Is this the only way the poor will get access to quality education or will this cause a rift in classrooms?

mumbai Updated: Apr 22, 2012 01:23 IST

Every one should welcome the landmark judgment earmarking 25% seats in private schools for poor children. Before this, intelligent children from disadvantaged backgrounds suffered only because they had no money.

Quality education is the need of the hour. Education is an investment towards building a great nation.

However, a lot more needs to be done. The government should invest in building infrastructure for public schools, so that the difference in quality of education imparted in private and public schools is minimised.

Also, the government should make education compulsory for all. The corporate world, too, can adopt municipal schools and upgrade them to meet with the standards of a private school.

— SN Kabra

It’s high time we broke the class barrier

The question of a classroom getting divided because of 25% reservation for underprivileged children doesn’t arise. I don’t think today’s students worry about such silly divisions.

The Supreme Court ruling will reduce disparity among the rich and the poor students, at least when it comes to education. Underprivileged students should definitely get an opportunity to mix with their more affluent counterparts.

Even as a cricket coach in Navi Mumbai, I allow underprivileged students from Sanpada village to participate with my other students. I don’t charge them any fee and allow them to learn the finer points of the game.

Similarly schools will need to adapt to accommodate differently-abled children as well. School authorities need to develop a conducive attitude towards the needs of special children.

— CK Subramaniam

Private schools, let go of your snobbery

While the teaching fraternity and educationists have welcomed the move, private schools have reacted differently to the Supreme Court ruling. Most private schools have an image, which they fear will change with inclusive education.

Private schools have always objected to any kind of interference from the government. They want to run schools according to their own rules and regulations. They do not want any grant from the government, so that they can restrict admission to poor children, and thus maintain an exclusive character of their schools.
In such a scenario, the SC ruling will give disadvantaged students access to quality education.

— Bhagwan Thadani

Why not just improve government schools?

Reserving 25% seats for students from economically weaker sections in private schools is a populist gesture. But it is ridiculous. You can’t imagine a child from the slums walking into a posh school with torn clothes.

Has anyone thought of the mental agony and the psychological impact of such a move on the minds of young students? The stark difference in their social, economical and cultural upbringing will create a rift in the classroom.

This will only create a new generation of frustrated and rebellious youngsters. Let’s not bring politics to the doorstep of education. The government should setup schools at par with private ones. In foreign countries, children pride on going to a government run school.

— Sudhakar Shenoy

Build separate schools for poor children

Reserving 25% seats for the underprivileged in private schools is not going to help improve the life of these students. These students will not have sufficient means to cope with other students, thereby creating unwanted situations in a classroom.

Instead, the government should start separate institutions for children from disadvantaged backgrounds and make it compulsory for all parents from this strata of the society to send their children to such schools.

—Manoj Mathew