The grounds for refusing admission by the school authorities are facts. However, what was shocking is that some of the Chakma students were discriminated by one of the schools.
The school in question was Miao Higher Secondary school. During last academic session the school admitted five students (non Chakmas) who had passed their Class 8 examination from Government Middle School, Deban under Miao circle despite overcrowding. But 20 Chakma students who passed Class 8th from the same school were denied admission due to overcrowding and other pretexts. The non-Chakma students were preferred over the Chakmas. More importantly, out of the 20 Chakma students, 10 students were passed-outs of previous academic session of 2010-11. At least, these students should have been given priority as they have already lost one precious year. Is this not discrimination by the authority of Miao school?
This violates Articles 14 and 15 of the Constitution of India, and India’s obligation under international human rights law such as United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (in particular, Article 28 of the CRC). Article 29(2) Constitution of India provides that none shall be denied admission into any educational institution maintained by the State or receiving aid out of State funds on grounds only of religion, race, caste, language or any of them.
Education should be made accessible to all. Secondary education serves as a bridge between elementary and higher education and prepares children between the age group of 14-18 for entry into higher education.
The denial of secondary education to the children also results in the denial of several other human rights to these children.
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