By Pragya Gupta, Elets News Network (ENN)
Dr Vandana Lulla, Director and Principal, Podar International School, Mumbai
On Supreme court’s verdict on RTE
I personally feel that the Supreme Court’s verdict on RTE will be a welcome change to a society that has a great economic and social divide. More than deliberations, we need to focus on how to smoothen the process for the children and teachers at large. This social initiative by the Supreme Court is definitely good but I only hope that this integration does not make the disadvantaged section of society more aware of the divide.
Impact of the Judgment on Schools
The judgment by the Supreme Court will impact schools to a certain extent. In the sense, schools now have to think about ways and means on how to implement the RTE successfully. Definitely, any new beginning will have its teething problems but schools will have to work out a way of making this process as problem free as possible. The only impact from the school point of view will be working out the finances, once the school takes in 25 percent of children from the weaker sections. The concern that probably will arise is funding the gap between government subsidy and actual cost.
Any psychological impact on the children
Children might develop an inferiority complex studying alongside children from better homes. They may try to ape their life styles. Thus, to tackle this problem that could arise, the school needs to appoint counsellor to handle such children.
What are your plans to cover the expense on these 25percent students? Will it shift this financial burden on those 75 percent by hiking fees?
AGPS is a Charitable Trust and has been providing education free of cost to students from disadvantaged section.
Expectations from the government
The only expectation from the government is to improve the environment in state run schools. Education can surely be used as a tool to break down social barriers and thus the government should build more schools.