This last the school claims is because the EWS children would not be able to cope as they have had no pre-school nursery training and their families will be unable to guide them. So instead of providing remedial assistance to the students, this private school, which will claim reimbursement from the government, is in fact not providing either the environment or the facilities for their education.
According to them, this appalling situation is in the first instance the result of the complete inadequacy of the RTE Act 2009. A 25% quota in fee-charging private schools allows EWS students to be targeted, humiliated and isolated. Perhaps this is why the Law Commission had recommended a 50% quota which would have forced private schools to alter attitudes, curriculum and teaching methods to pedagogically cope with the challenge of changing the elite character of their institutions.
Further, they felt, restricting the provision of free education only from 6 – 14 years makes a mockery of the `right’ for the poor, because children from well-to-do families receive school education at least up to 18 years from pre-primary to Class XII. The farcical RTE Act, 2009 excludes free and compulsory pre-primary and secondary education, thereby allowing private institutions to discriminate against children only because they come from poor families. This will continue as long as the State promotes privatization and commercialization of education and refuses to respond to the people’s need for a state-funded Common Neighbourhood School System.
Finally, they said that the only penalty that RTE Act, 2009 provides for is withdrawal of recognition, when what is required is a complete ban on such managements and the individuals involved in them from engaging in any educational activity whatsoever.
AIFRTE made it clear that the State has a constitutional obligation to act against such practices. It repeatedly fails to do so because it aligns itself with the oppressors when class, caste, gender, religious, regional, linguistic and disability discrimination and oppression are blatantly practiced and tolerated despite constitutional rights and provisions.
Therefore, they said that they stands in solidarity with the public outrage expressed in protest actions currently taking place in Bangalore. AIFRTE appeals to its member units and other democratic organizations, groups and individuals to unite in protest against such uncivilized acts of cruelty. Strong and prompt public denunciation alone will compel the State to act.