RTE violations: Students get little relief

RTE violations: Students get little relief

Though nine days have elapsed since public hearing judgements on violations of the Right to Education Act were meted out to schools violating the Act, only a small fraction of aggrieved parties have actually got any relief.

Parents of the students concerned are in fact hoping for some sort of an official notification from the government as a confirmation of the oral judgements, something they say the schools are also asking them for.   

VLS International School, Bangalore, had been pulled up by the three-member jury at the RTE public hearing on September 6 and 7 for the exponential hike in their fees from Rs 19,000 last year to Rs 32,000 this year.

The case of Shravan Gowda, a class 6 student of the school, had been brought before the jury in this regard. Questioning the rationale behind such a huge hike, the jury members had asked the officials concerned to collect all the details and take necessary action immediately. “Nothing has been done till now. The school claims that they have not received any official notification from the government as a result of which they are not obligated to act. Even the BEO has no information on the matter,” said H R Ramesh, president, VLS-IS parents’ association, who represented the boy and his family.   
However, school principal Vatsala Jayakumar said: “The boy was a defaulter from last year. We have not violated any rules.”

Another case was that of H J Adish Panag, a boy studying in pre-primary class at Navodaya Kishore Kendra, Bangalore. Owing to a skin condition, a number of his schoolmates and even teachers had threatened to quit if he was not dismissed, fearing infection. “We are waiting for an order from the government. We had been told that it will be issued on Monday. The school is not willing to listen to us or comply with the judgements without it,” said K Harish, the boy’s father.

Even the case of corporal punishment involving a child at Lakshmi Ranganathan School in Chandra Layout has not seen any progress, according to the student’s father Venkatesh.

While admitting that only six of the 30 grievances that were heard during the hearing have been resolved, Umesh Aradhya, chairperson, Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KSCPCR), said a copy of the judgements would be given to the parties concerned within the next two days.

Aradhya, faculty at National Law School of India University, and one of three jury members during the public hearing, said that a report detailing each judgement will be submitted to the KSCPCR.