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Code issued to protect RTE students

Saturday, 24 November 2012 - 9:00am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

Now, schools can’t label, segregate or limit their access to facilities

Fearing that schools might discriminate against children from weaker sections in the 25% quota, the state department of school education and literacy has issued a code of conduct for behaviour of school management and teachers towards such students.

Schools will be prohibited from labelling, segregating or limiting these children’s access to curricular and extra-curricular facilities. The code states that schools need to resolve complaints from such students within 60 days.

Under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act (RTE), 2009, it is mandatory for all schools, except minority ones imparting theological education, to admit 25% students from the economically weaker sections. But experts had raised concerns on how these children would adjust to such schools.

According to the guidelines, no school authority or person can victimise students from weaker sections by verbally announcing their community, caste or tribe in a classroom. They are also not allowed to label such students as those from reserved category. Passing derogatory remarks, indicating social, economic or other background as reason for under-performance in class is prohibited.

Such students will be allowed to meet the teacher along with everyone else, and not at a different time and they should not be treated differently with respect to using sports and other facilities. Schools must maintain uniformity in processing their applications and not treat them unfavourably.

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