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Mumbai school faces Sena ire for following RTE act

The Shiv Sena has condemned a school in Mumbai for following the Right to Education Act in its junior KG admission process and not giving preference to local students, according to a story in DNA.

The Sena even put up a banner saying that if the Holy Cross High School in Lower Parel does not change its admission policy, it will have to answer to the party.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

The Holy Cross school has about 240 seats in junior KG, according to the paper. Since the school is minority-aided, it can reserve up to 50 per cent of its seats for that minority, with the remaining seats to be split between the open category and the RTE.

“We anyways do not have large number of minority (Christian) students living here, Constancio Noronha, the manager of the school and Parish Priest of the Church that runs it, told DNA. “Hence, after they take admissions, almost 80 seats from their quota are set aside for the open category. Twenty five per cent seats are to be reserved as per the RTE and it needs to be implemented from the point of entry.

“Our school is aided from standard one but we have implemented it for Junior KG for the benefit of the children.”

According to Noronha, the Sena put up the banner after the school started giving out their admission forms. The school has made a police complaint and a local police station official said the school has been provided with protection.

Meanwhile Sada Sarvankar, a Sena member, told the paper that the party’s banner was only put up after the school had put up a banner claiming 60 per cent of seats were reserved for minorities. However, Sarvankar was not able to substantiate this claim.

Read the original story here.

Published Date: Feb 14, 2013 14:36 PM | Updated Date: Feb 14, 2013 14:36 PM

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