HC lifts stay on second round of RTE lottery system

HC lifts stay on second round of RTE lottery system

Submitted by alvin on Wed, 2016-06-08 19:38 Bengaluru: The High Court on Wednesday disposed off a petition challenging the rejection of 85,514 applications of underprivileged children seeking admission to private schools under the Right to Education Act.Hearing a PIL by Adarash R Iyer, the division bench headed by Chief Justice Shubra Kamal Mukherjee vacated the stay on the round two of lottery system to select the students under the RTE.The petitioner, challenging the rejection of applications of the students, said the method adopted by the respondents - the state primary education department and others - would deprive eligible candidates of education, which is their constitutional right.The petitioner argued that the authorities, who are duty bound to adopt friendly methods to scrutinise and verify applications, were insisting on conditions such as online applications, verification, and SMS scrutiny, which is impractical considering families come from low income groups.The petitioner sought directions to allow the applicants to file the applications as per the RTE Act. The bench, which had earlier stayed the second round lottery system to admit students under the RTE, on Wednesday vacated the stay and directed the department to go ahead with second round of verification. Disposing off the petition, the bench observed, “The department has done enough to reach the parents through newspapers, radio, SMS etc. Now do the physical verification.”   Of the over 85,000applications, the department has rejected 34,027 applications for invalid caste income, 21,518 for invalid Aadhar card, 29,856 for duplicate application, and 1,113 were rejected by the block education officer.