Chandigarh : As per the law, schools and its associated people cannot collect any capitation fee while admitting the child nor the parents can be subjected to any screening procedure. But Chandigarh based private schools have literally failed to implement the complete provisions of the Right to Education (RTE) Act 2009 and to interpret them correctly. This year too, they have scheduled tests and implemented complete provisions of RTE Act but have also failed to interpret them correctly. However the schools are aware of one thing i.e. minority schools do not fall under the RTE Act.
The rule of screening procedure is applicable for students of classes I to VIII but private schools have only exempted the entry level class from screening session. Schools like Vivek High School have clearly displayed on their official website that the entrance tests and interviews will be conducted for admission in the upcoming academic session thereby violating the rules of the RTE Act. This time, Bhavan Vidyalaya and many other private schools in Chandigarh are making children go through the test. Bhavan Vidyalaya had advertised in a newspaper that they would be conducting a test while others had mentioned it on their websites.
A complaint has been filed to the UT education department against Vivek High School in Sector 38, Chandigarh by HS Hundal, a Mohali-based advocate. Advocate while sharing his personal experience in the complaint had written, “when I submitted the form, no one revealed the criteria to be adopted for the admission process. A few days later, we were called for an interactive session, which was obviously a screening session, as I have a recording of the session. A number of parents were waiting for their turn, as the head of the junior wing interacted with each parent for 15 to 20 minutes inside their room.”
The immediate action was taken by Education Department when the complaint was received. Vivek High School was warned and an explanation was sought for the same. To this, they said that they do not come under the RTE Act since they are a minority school though the school has not yet been granted the minority status. Talking about action against private schools violating norms, DPI Rubinderjit Singh Brar said, “We are examining the case.” Talking about the functioning of Education department in the UT, last year it was found that there were around 85 unrecognized schools but the action is still in pipeline.