Nagpur: Poor parents whose wards were admitted in Modern Primary
School’s Civil Lines branch approached the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court
for admissions to their children in fifth standard under the Right of Children
to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009.
According to them, the Civil Lines school branch is closing down by May 31. The management failed to inform the parents or grant the children admission to fifth standard in another school.
A division bench comprising justices Ravi Deshpande and Amit Borkar
issued notices to the Maharashtra government, zilla parishad (Primary)
education officer and other respondents, asking them to reply by June 15.
“The respondents should take a decision for the admission of the students. However, those would be subjected to the result of petition,” the bench said.
According to petitioners — Nishant Samarth and others — their wards secured admission under 25% RTE quota in Modern School branch at Civil Lines in the city in 2016 and now, all of them are now studying in fourth standard.
Petitioners counsel Girish Kunte contended that the ZP officer and school management failed to inform them about admissions in another branch of school at Koradi for further education from fifth to tenth standard after branch’s closure.
After they came to know about it, they made multiple representations to the respondents on September 19, 30 and again on December 16 last year for seeking their children’s’ admission into school’s Koradi road branch under the RTE quota. The education officer however, failed to get any directives from the government to safeguard the interests of children.
Subsequently, they filed a petition in the HC on February 7, which was disposed of with directives to the government to take the decision as per law. The petitioners were granted liberty to approach the court again for a relief.
Since no decision was taken, petitioner submitted fresh representation in this regard on March 5. Subsequently the respondents send a proposal to transfer 88 students from only class first to third, but didn’t send for fourth standard where wards of petitioners are studying.
Even admission forms were not issued to their children for getting admission in either Koradi or Neeri road branch. Due to Covid-19 pandemic and nationwide lock down, no examination was conducted and all children were promoted to the next class. But no action was taken till today to accommodate the petitioners’ children, Kunte contended.