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Schools Need to Accommodate Weaker Section Students Following RTE Act

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The Mumbai state government to ensure appropriate implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act, has directed schools to admit 25 per cent of students from weaker sections and disadvantaged groups of neighboring areas. The schools need to make the arrangement from this year onwards and the students will get admission at the entry level.

A decision to this effect was taken during a meeting presided over by chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Monday. Furthermore, the government will take action against schools that do not adhere to the norm.

While a few private schools have set aside seats for these categories, many schools already have nearly completed the admission process for this year. Managements of such schools will have to prove that they had enrolled the students before the apex court’s order on April 12.

The SC had ruled that all schools, with the exception of unaided minority institutions, will have to set aside 25 per cent of the seats for students from “weaker sections” and “disadvantaged groups” at the entry level. The norm is applicable to IB schools and those affiliated to ICSE and CBSE boards.

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