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'Schools admitting poor students unsure of being reimbursed'

Thursday September 15, 2011 11:45:53 PM, IANS

New Delhi: Private schools are admitting 25 percent children from disadvantaged sections of the society under the Right to Education (RTE) Act but are apprehensive about receiving reimbursement from the government, a study says.

The study was conducted in north and northeast Delhi by the Centre for Civil Society, a voluntary organisation.

Forty-seven percent poor parents pay for getting their wards admitted in high-budget schools, the study stated.

"Media emphasis is only on high-budget schools -- whether they flout rules in admitting children from economically weaker sections of the society. The media should also focus on why mid-budget schools are not admitting these children," said Sanskriti School's founder principal Gowri Ishwaran.

The study was presented Wednesday at the dialogue - "25% Reservation under the RTE Act: Are we getting it right?"

The dialogue focused on improving the education system in India and on better implementation of the act.

"The act is not a freebie for children from downtrodden sections of the society but it is an act to bring diversity in the class rooms," said Kiran Bhatty, the head of Right To Education division at the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights.

 


 

 

 

 

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