Forced implementation of RTE: NCPCR seeks report from Karnataka govt

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has asked the Karnataka government to submit a report following allegations that four students from economically weaker section (EWS) were humiliated in a prominent Bangalore school in a bid to implement RTE.

 Taking suo motu cognisance of a media report, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) directed Karnataka education secretary (Primary and Secondary Education) to get the matter investigated and take further necessary action. The commission has also sought an action taken report (ATR).

 Parents of the students of Class I admitted under 25 per cent quota under Right to Education Act in the Bangalore school have alleged that the children were humiliated and discriminated against.

 The mother of one of the children has alleged that the school did not take any action after she brought to its notice the incident of her daughter’s classmate cutting tufts of her hair.

 The NCPCR on Wednesday asked the secretary to provide to it details of alleged victimisation accorded to the students and to initiate necessary action against the concerned school authority and other functionaries, if found guilty.

 It also instructed the secretary to ensure that the children got immediate counselling at state cost.

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