The Republican Party of India (RPI) has alleged that private schools in Pune are violating the Right to Education (RTE) Act by not giving admissions to children from the weaker sections of society. The party has also threatened to launch an agitation against such schools.
RPI group leader in Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) Dr Siddhartha Dhende and School Board member Balasaheb Janrav said that the Act clearly mentions about 25 per cent reserved seats for the poor and downtrodden but none of the schools were adhering to this provision.
According to Dhende, there are 420 private schools in Pune city and these schools have admitted only 1,433 students as against the stipulated 9,370 from weaker sections of society. He warned that the RPI would launch an agitation and insist on filing cases against erring schools.
Dhende pointed out that many Marathi schools have displayed that 25 per cent seats are reserved for poor students but English medium schools do not display any such information. The RPI leaders lamented that the education department was not acting tough against such schools.
Both Dhende and Janrav reiterated that they would file police complaints against private school owners and principals.