Monday, April 30, 2012

RTE BREACHED - Unaided school turns out seven-year-old diabetic EWS girl student - Social Jurist writes to Delhi Chief Minister

SOCIAL JURIST To, Hon’ble Smt Sheila Dikshit Chief Minister of Delhi, Secretariat, IP Estate, New Delhi-1100 02 30 April 2012 Subject:
Dear Madam, This is to bring to your urgent notice a shocking incident in which a school, Vidya Jain Public School, Sector-6, Rohini, Delhi-110085 (Tel: 011-27041983, 011-27051982) forcibly ousted Tiksha (7 years) studying in Class III under EWS category, living in B-6/42, Sector-5, Rohini (Father, Gulshan Kumar, Tel: 9268199926) from school on the ground that the child was suffering from diabetes. This is despite the fact that the parents had informed the school about their daughter’s ailment at the time of admission on 21/04/2012 and had also intimated the class teacher in writing about the same when the daughter had started going to school from 24/04/2012. On 25/04/2012, the father of the child received a telephone call from the school at around 9.30 am saying that he needs to immediately come to the school and meet the school principal, Mr. Naresh Jain. On reaching the school, the principal misbehaved with the father and after calling the child from the class, he ordered that he take away the child from school, while threatening that in case they resist, he would ask the school’s security guards to forcibly remove them. Thereafter, the child was taken away by the father. The father has complained to the police as well as the Director of Education, Delhi Government on 26/04/2012 in the matter but to no avail. Kumari Tiksha again went to the school on 30.04.2012 but the school did not allow her to attend classes. She is sitting idle at home and is undergoing mental agony and harassment. The action of the school is totally unethical, illegal, unconstitutional and contrary to the provisions of RTE Act, 2009. In the interest and welfare of the children, I request your urgent intervention in the matter so that the children’s school is restored and she is not subjected to the trauma of being out of school any further. Necessary action should also be taken against the erring school for its misconduct. Warm regards, Ashok Agarwal, Advocate Advisor, Social Jurist M: 9811101923

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