Rohini school furnishes wrong information in RTI reply: Activists

In a Right to Information reply, Ryan International School in Rohini has mentioned that 180 children were admitted to class 1 for 2011-12 academic session and in a similar undertaking attached to the reply the school says the strength of the same class was 43 for the same year.

Activists said both documents are give different figures for the same year and though the directorate of education (DoE) is aware of this discrepancy, it has not taken any action against the school.

“The document which was supposed to highlight the revenue generated through these admissions, said only 43 students were admitted to class 1. This gives the school an advantage of increasing the fee as according to a document its revenue is less,” said Khagesh Jha, advocate and RTE campaigner.

But in the same RTI reply, there is another document which reveals that over 180 children were given admission in the same class, added Jha.

No information was given on nursery and pre-primary classes even in the revenue document, he said.  

He alleged that the school is trying to mislead as both undertakings are contradictory and it is a criminal offence to submit such information under the RTI Act.

“There are several other schools in the city which have furnished wrong details. The DoE has these documents but it is sleeping over it,” added Jha.

When asked about different figures of admissions for the same year, school authorities denied that they had submitted misleading information. Since the principal is not in Delhi, authorities refused to disclose any details. In 2012-13 the school has given admission to 175 students in pre-school, 175 students in pre-primary and 150 students in class 1.

The RTI has also revealed that the school has admitted  44 children in pre-school, 44 children in pre-primary and 20 children in class 1 under the economically weaker sections category for 2012-13 academic year.

In 2009, 482 students were admitted to class 1. But the number has been decreasing beginning 2010 with 362 admissions, followed by 180 in 2011 and 150 in 2012.

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