Maha brings more castes in RTE Act’s un­der-priv­i­leged cat­e­gory

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI -

The Ma­ha­rash­tra govern­ment on Thurs­day in­cor­po­rated more caste groups and com­mu­ni­ties in the ben­e­fi­ciary list of stu­dents seek­ing ad­mis­sion in schools un­der the Right To Ed­u­ca­tion (RTE) Act.

Un­til now, the un­der-priv­i­leged cat­e­gory in­cluded stu­dents from SC (sched­uled caste), ST (sched­uled tribe), and Divyangs classes, which is now up­dated. All cat­e­gories from VJ & NT (Vimukta Jati and No­madic tribes), OBC (Other Back­ward Classes), and SBC (Spe­cial Back­ward Class) are in­ducted into the un­der-priv­i­leged cat­e­gory with a view to en­sure that no stu­dent is de­prived of ed­u­ca­tion, a govern­ment res­o­lu­tion (GR) said.

Un­der the up­dated list, HIV-pos­i­tive stu­dents can also seek ad­mis­sion un­der the RTE Act, it stated.

The Right of Chil­dren to Free and Com­pul­sory Ed­u­ca­tion Act or Right to Ed­u­ca­tion Act (RTE), en­acted in Au­gust 2009, de­scribes the modal­i­ties of the im­por­tance of free and com­pul­sory ed­u­ca­tion for chil­dren be­tween 6 and 14 un­der Ar­ti­cle 21a of the Con­sti­tu­tion.

The Act came into force in April 2010. The Act makes ed­u­ca­tion a fun­da­men­tal right of ev­ery child be­tween the ages of 6 and 14 and spec­i­fies min­i­mum norms in ele­men­tary schools. It re­quires all pri­vate schools to re­serve 25 per cent of seats to chil­dren that are re­im­bursed by the state as part of the pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship plan.

The chil­dren are ad­mit­ted in govern­ment-aided and pri­vate schools based on eco­nomic sta­tus or caste­based reser­va­tions. As per the GR, par­ents hav­ing an­nual in­come below Rs one lakh will now be con­sid­ered as a eco­nom­i­cally weaker sec­tion and their chil­dren can avail the ben­e­fits (of the Act) ac­cord­ingly.

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