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The right to education act might have made education compulsory
for children in the 6-14 age group, but very few government
schools in Delhi seem to be aware of this as they have been
allowing students to drop out on grounds like work, marriage, long
absences and non-payment of fees.
This was revealed by a Right To Information (RTI) plea, which also
said only two out of 28 zones under the directorate of education
in the capital could give information on government school
RTI activist Manish Bhatnagar says when he sought information on
school dropouts in 2009-10, the divisional officers of the state
education department didn't have any such details.
Then he applied RTI to the directorate of education to know the
number of school dropouts, but out of the 28 zones across Delhi he
only got responses from the northwest and outer zones. Information
from the rest was not provided.
"Even from the two zones, the plight of school dropouts was
startling. The information given showed that mostly girls studying
in Classes 8 and 9 were granted school leaving certificates (SLC)
as they had to get married while some institutions granted the
same to boys as they had to work," Bhatnagar said.
The RTI findings reveal that the UK Rajakiya Sarvodaya Kanya
Vidyalaya, Daryapur Kalan, Delhi, granted SLC to a student,
Kanchan of Class 5, mentioning that the family was shifting back
to their home state of Bihar for labour work and she was needed to
support the family in the work.
The same school replied that the administration had granted SLC to
a student, Sonam of Class 10, as she was about to get married.
As per the Government Co-Ed Secondary School, C-block, Metro Vihar,
Holambi Kalan, in the present session they have provided the SLC
to Class 5 student Rakesh, who has been working and has been
absent for a long time.
Almost all schools of northwest Delhi have answered that the
maximum number of students dropped out due to long absence and
non-payment of dues.
Rakesh Singhar, national secretary of the child rights NGO Bachpan
Bachao Andolan (BBA), told IANS, "The status of Delhi government
schools is no doubt like this. Government school teachers and
officers are less aware of the Right of Children to Free and
Compulsory Education (RTE Act 2009)."
The RTE Act states that every child in the age group of 6-14 will
be provided elementary education in an age appropriate classroom
in the vicinity of his or her neighbourhood.
The act also states that any cost that prevents a child from
accessing school will be borne by the state which shall have the
responsibility of enrolling the child as well as ensuring
attendance and completion of eight years of schooling. No child
shall be denied admission for want of documents; no child shall be
turned away if the admission cycle in the school is over and no
child shall be asked to take an admission test, as per the rule.
Singhar also said in Delhi that only six percent of them were
aware of RTE. Many government school teachers, principals, MCD
officials and lower level district education officers are not
aware of RTE.
"When crores of rupees are spent by the Indian government to
eradicate illiteracy, in schools in the outer district,
particularly Narela, in Classes 8 and 9 the school dropout rate of
girls is high as all of them get married. When we ask the
principal why they grant SLC on this ground, they can offer no
reasons," Bhatnagar added.
Singhar said: "Often when we rescue children who are being
exploited as labourers, we discover that they are school dropouts.
This is a major problem but the government is less concerned."
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