It seems the net result of the Right to Education Act is to give “Full Leverage” to Schools, imposing “Obligations” upon the Parents and “Abdicating” the Constitutional Duties on the part of the State– Praveen Dalal, Managing Partner of Law Firm Perry4Law and a Supreme Court Lawyer.
Through this initiative we request the kind attention of the Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh and Chief Minister of Delhi, Mrs. Sheila Dikshit towards the omnipresent corruption existing in the schools of Delhi.
As background information about our initiative, please see the following articles in this regard:
According to Praveen Dalal, managing partner of law firm Perry4Law and a Supreme Court Lawyer:
“The Right to Education Act was drafted in haste and without many deliberations. The Act has also “Diluted” the “Protections” available under the Constitution of India. The Right to Education Act has unnecessarily diluted this Principle and has artificially created an age slab of 6 to 14 years.
Of course, the State is under an obligation to provide early childhood care and education for all children until they complete the age of six years under the reframed Article 45. This would again create a conflict between The Right to Act, Article 21A, Article 45 and Article 51A (k).
The best example of this conflict is the Pre School Admissions Procedure that starts at the age of 4 in New Delhi. Various schools have framed their own “Point Criteria” that is going against the mandates of Article 21A, 45 and 51A (k).
If the State is under an Obligation, to provide early childhood care and education for all children until they complete the age of six years, the Pre School/Nursery admissions are clearly its obligation. Till now the State has failed to fulfill this obligation.
Further, by introducing the age slab of 6 to 14, all Inconsistencies, Violations and Corrupt Practices happening at the Pre School/Nursery Admission stage have also been “Ignored” by the State. This is encouraging the Schools to openly ask for “Donations” during Pre School/Nursery Admission Stage.
The Act is also discouraging filing cases and taking legal actions against Schools/Individuals that violate all the basic norms of Education and indulge in “Corrupt Practices”.
It seems the net result of the Right to Education Act is to give “Full Leverage” to Schools, imposing “Obligations” upon the Parents and “Abdicating” the Constitutional Duties on the part of the State.
Fortunately, the Delhi High Court is presently considering many of these aspects and I hope it would come up with some good “Solution” in this regard that was expected from the Supreme Court and Central Government and State Governments.
Meanwhile we have to ask ourselves a simple question. Do we really need such an Onerous, Biased and Burdensome Right to Education Act in India? Let the Readers and Delhi High Court decide.”
We hope this article/initiative would be considered to be a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) as it is an “Online Petition” by the aggrieved parents and individuals.
We would also file a Petition/request to our own Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh and Chief Minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit in this regard. While doing so we would forward the grievances of various parents as well.
The Delhi High Court and Supreme Court of India can also take a Suo Motu action on the basis of this initiative.
The grievance would be posted as they come, i.e. first grievance first and we would keep on adding the grievances as we receive.
All contact and identification details of the aggrieved parent(s) and schools would be kept confidential and we would not publish the same unless specifically asked by the concerned person to do so.
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(1) Mr. Deepak Gupta
It’s a good initiative from your end.
I want to inform you about the corruption in admission, I got a call from Dwarka International School that my daughter is short listed, so come for document verification and while I reached to school after all document verification they shared the fee structure with me and apart from fee they asked for Rs. 40000/- as donation. This is not happen with me only they asked for donation with every parents and I decided not to go with this school, even though my only daughter (no sibling or alumni) is not shortlisted for any other school in Dwarka, same point system story as shared in article.
I think if any parents have only child and completed their education from government or any small town school don’t have right to teach the kid in a desired school without a good amount of donation with big VIP approach.
Thanks & Regards,
(2) Ms. Sonia Maurya
I can connect with this topic very well as I am also a part of this challenge this year.
I have only one male child, therefore the maximum points my son scored almost in all the Schools was 30. (10 first child and 20 distance). And this year the cut off was 50 points for most of the schools. Therefore this year I decided to continue with play school. Hopefully next year nursery admission situation will be better.
Sometimes I feel that I have done a serious crime by giving a birth to a male child first. Had it been a girl child, I would have scored extra 10 points which was still better.
The suggestion I have is to enhance the current point system.
Currently maximum points are granted to Alumni and Sibling (25/25) criteria which turns out to be unfair for those not falling into these categories and allow the schools to make black money against Alumni and Sibling seats.
Thanks and Regards