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12 get admission under education act in shut school

Parents of the 12 children are in a fix after the basic education officer, Bal Mukund Prasad, allotted their wards admission to Moon Light Academy, which was recently closed.

noida Updated: Aug 26, 2018 04:33 IST
Vaibhav Jha
Vaibhav Jha
Hindustan Times, Noida
School,RTE,Admission
Officials raided Moon Light Academy on July 13 and shut it down.

The education department of Gautam Budh Nagar has admitted 12 children under the Right to Education (RTE) initiative to a private school in Dadri, which they had shut down for allegedly running illegally.

Parents of the 12 children are in a fix after the basic education officer, Bal Mukund Prasad, allotted their wards admission to Moon Light Academy, which was recently closed.

“On July 26, I was told that my five-year-old son, Mohammad Irshan, has been selected for the Moon Light Academy in Dadri. The next day, I reached the school, only to realise that it was no longer functioning. Moreover, the school had no affiliation for the past 2.5 years. It has been a month now, but my son has not got admission to any other school,” Mohammad Irshad, a fruit seller, said.

On July 24, Prasad wrote a letter to the management of the Moon Light Academy announcing that 12 children from Dadri have been shortlisted for admission to the school under RTE. However, a team of officials from the district education department had already shut down the private school for running without any affiliation from the Central Board of Secondary Education, the state board or any private board, following a raid conducted at the premises on July 13.

“I have been running the school since 2015; however, officials raided the premises on July 13 and shut it down saying that we have no affiliation. We had over 125 students studying from class nursery to five,” Sandeep Khari, erstwhile principal, Moon Light Academy, Dadri, said.

The raid was carried out under an initiative by the education department to close down over 100 private schools in Gautam Budh Nagar found running illegally or flouting safety guidelines. Under RTE, each private school must allot 25% seats to students belonging to the under-privileged sections of the society.

Parents of the 12 children claimed the administration has not made any efforts to rectify their mistake. “My daughter Aksha is the first in our family to pursue education and despite our best efforts she has not been allotted any school yet,” Mohammad Kamil, a daily wage labourer and resident of Dadri, said.

Additional chief secretary of basic education Prabhat Kumar said, “We will look into the matter and appropriate steps will be taken.”

The basic education officer was unavailable for comments despite repeated calls and messages.

First Published: Aug 26, 2018 04:33 IST