Private unaided schools to move Supreme Court against RTE Act
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Private Unaided Schools Forum is set to move Supreme Court (SC) for clarity on implementation of RTE Act.
At a Wednesday meeting, it appealed to all member-schools to contribute before January 7 toward legal expenses to file an intervention application in a petition by Bangalore-based Pramati Educational and Cultural Trust. The meeting held at ML Jasudben School in Khar (West) was called to clear doubts on government policies as well as seek opinion of member-schools on moving court.
An amendment notification on RTE Act issued by the government in October is the bone of contention. The amendment states only theological schools such as madrasas are exempt from implementing RTE Act. The rest will have to follow the Act and reserve 25 per cent of seats for the under-privileged.
A fresh petition in SC has challenged article 15 (5) of the Constitution. It claimed the article discriminates between educational institutions on the basis of minority and non-minority status. The challenge has been raised by a group of schools from Mysore under CBSE and ICSE Private School Management Association, with other schools in Bangalore.
"Private Unaided Schools Forum will seek to intervene in the case filed by Pramati Educational and Cultural Trust in SC. We need to put an end to the confusion," secretary S C Kedia said.
"Solicitors told us minority institutions are out of the purview of RTE Act. In Karnataka, private schools and government have decided to accomodate students from economically weaker sections in municipal schools first. We are also working on the same line and will talk to the education department."
In an April 2012 order, SC had made it clear all schools, except unaided minority ones, were to follow the reservation clause. However, this point was raised in Rajya Sabha and the President approved the proposed amendment by June-end.