Panel seeks report from State on RTE

The National Commission on Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) sought a report from the Karnataka government, on Thursday, following the reported incidents of discrimination by the authorities of a private school against students admitted under Right to Education (RTE).

The students from economically weaker sections of the society were allegedly given a hair cut by the school authorities to differentiate them from others.

 Taking suo moto cognisance of the case, NCPCR has asked the State Education Deparment to conduct an investigation and take necessary action. The commission has also sought an action taken report within a week.

“It has asked for details to ensure appropriate counselling and facilitating interaction with parents from the weaker communities. Private schools in the State have been directed on the implementation of RTE,” an NCPCR official said.

Acting on the allegation by parents of the children and several pro dalit organisations, the State government issued notice on Wednesday, to the private-run Oxford School, asking it to respond within a week on the incident.

The Apex child rights body, headquartered in Delhi, has also directed all the states to take immediate action to ensure that no discrimination is meted out to children from economically weaker families. The commission has also sought ATRs from all chief secretaries within 30 days in this regard. 

“The commission has asked all state chief secretaries to ensure the dignity of children who have been guaranteed their right to education in private schools under the Act,” official said.

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