Even while the Right to Education (RTE) Act says that poor students from six to 14 years of age should get free and compulsory education, educationists and principals are worried about what will happen to the children admitted through the 25% quota after they complete Class 8.
Educationists said that the government has not prepared a mechanism for students after Class 8.
“Will the government continue funding the students? Or will the school have to incur the cost of educating a child. These are some of the loopholes in the RTE Act that need to be addressed,” said Arundhati Chavan, president of Parent Teacher Association United Forum.
Schools are confused too.
“The Right to Education Act has left schools to take care of the children. I do not know how will we incorporate these students after Class 8,” said Kavita Aggrawal, principal of DG Khetan International School in Malad.
Students will have to hunt for schools after Class 8 and finding a good school will not be an easy task.
With unaided schools subscribing to a variety of boards – IGCSE, IB, ICSE, CBSE and state boards – does it mean these schools will have to go back to government schools after completing Class 8?