Uttar Pradesh | RTE admissions to go online in UP from next year

The admission process under Right to Education (RTE) in Uttar Pradesh will be conducted online from next academic session for easy scaling, improved transparency and better child tracking.

Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has directed the basic education department to introduce the online system, saying it will help in completing the admission process faster. Yadav believes that the online system will help draw more admission forms and more children from economically weaker section will be able to get admission.

The state government will introduce the fully integrated Management Information System from January 2017 to help speed up the admission process which otherwise runs up to July. Presently, the entire thing is done manually.

UP has a potential of 6 lakh admissions each year under RTE’s section 12(1)(c). Using an online system would improve capacity, efficiency as well as transparency and as the demand goes up in the coming academic sessions, the current system won’t be able to handle such a large volume, an official said.

This system would also help track children once they are in the school system. With over 20,000 admissions in UP in the last two years, the present manual management system for application and its processing are cumbersome leading to delays and inefficiency.

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“Rajasthan and Maharashtra have been the front runners in the implementation of the RTE online model. For the academic year 2014-15, Rajasthan had the online system for the entire state and Maharashtra piloted it in selected areas of Mumbai and Pune,” Samina Bano, chairperson of Bharat Abhyudaya Foundation, said.

“This year Maharashtra, Delhi and Karnataka rolled out an online MIS system for RTE section 12 implementation across their states,” she added.

More than 15,000 students have enrolled in schools across 49 of 75 districts in Uttar Pradesh this year so far under the right to education act that mandates 25% reservation for children from economically and socially disadvantaged sections in private unaided institutes.

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This is more than 3 times compared to last year when 4,400 poor children got admission in over 500 private schools in only 26 districts. The total number of children admitted in 2012, 2013 and 2014 was only 108 in the state.

The maximum number of students to get admission under the act were in Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency, where 3,318 poor children are now going to school.

India enacted the landmark RTE act in 2009, giving children from poor and other disadvantaged backgrounds the right to free and compulsory education to the age of 14.s in 2011 but they were implemented only in December.

Source : Hindustan Times

Uttar Pradesh | Over 15 Thousand Students Benefit From RTE Admission Act In UP

Uttar Pradesh saw a huge jump in the admission in  schools under Right to Education(RTE) act. This acted as a great relief to many lower middle class and poor people. There are many families in UP who is not capable of sending their kids to a good private school. Also, many places are in the state are unaware of the RTE act.

According to a report, a total of 15,626 students got admission in 49 districts while the number of applications was 21,789. This number is an exponential growth when compared to the data of last year which was just at 4,400. The number was much lower in the prior years 2012, 2013, and 2014, and in those years the number of intake was 108.

The reason for low turnout in previous years was maybe the lack of awareness in many districts. The reason for the lack of awareness was due to late enacted RTE in the state. While the country started RTE act in 2009, UP formed the RTE rules in 2011 and implemented in 2012.

This year the data of admissions may show a feat in the number of admissions, it cannot be neglected that 26 districts have been left out and other district showed a lower turnout. Varanasi showed a maximum number of admission where 3,318 were enrolled in the private schools. Agra and Lucknow followed Varanasi with the figure of 3,000 and 2,920 respectively.

The foundation behind the admission under RTE was laid by Basic Shiksha Adhikari (BSA). It worked as a media to create awareness among parents and society. It worked well, however, it couldn’t cover the whole part of UP. RTE crusader and founder-chairperson of Bharat Abhyudaya Foundation (BAF) said BSA worked very well in some parts while in other parts it didn’t work well but it has opened many opportunities for many families especially whose first generation got admission in private schools.

During the process of creating awareness, BAF noticed that many private schools are unwilling to take admission under RTE act. These schools might get advantage from those seats. BAF said if RTE act would be used efficiently, UP schools can assist 50 lakh deserving students in the next 8 years which can really change the face of education.

Source :Examswatch.com

Ghaziabad | Ensure admissions under EWS, Gzb admin tells private schools

GHAZIABAD: The district administration of Ghaziabad has issued directions to private schools to ensure admission of students, belonging to disadvantaged groups and weaker sections, under quota of seats reserved for them.

The directions were issued in a meeting held by district magistrate Nidhi Kesharwani with principals and managers of two dozen schools in Ghaziabad on Monday.

The meeting was summoned after the district education department received complaints against eight schools who denied admissions to students, referred by the department, under various reserved categories.

Following the implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009, the basic education department of the Uttar Pradesh government issued orders specifying various disadvantaged groups and weaker sections who can seek free admission in private schools up to a maximum limit of 25 per cent of total seats available.

The disadvantaged groups include children belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes category, specially-abled, those from the socially and educationally backward sections, whose parents are affected with HIV or cancer, the homeless and orphans. Weaker section category includes children from below poverty line (BPL) families, whose parents are recipients of disability, old age or widow pension as well as those children whose families’ annual income does not exceed Rs 1 lakh.

“There was lack of clarity among the schools regarding various categories under which admissions can be provided to students in accordance with the government orders. These issues were clarified. The schools have assured they will ensure admission to students wherever they meet the criteria for the specified categories,” DM Nidhi Kesharwani told TOI.

Source : The Times of India

Bijnor |Bijnor given target of 990 RTE admissions this yr

Bijnor: Keeping in view the lack of awareness among the poor about free education in private schools under the Right to Education Act, the State government has now set a target of admitting 50,000 students this year.

According to the provisions of the RTE Act, there is 25% reservation for BPL cardholders, who can admit their children in private schools without having to pay any fees. Considering the lack of awareness in this regard, the State government has set a target of admitting 50,000 students this year. Also, Bijnor has been given a target of admitting 990 students. Though there are around 3000 public schools in Bijnor district, there is no child having free education in private schools.

According to sources, the situation is similar in the other states.

To improve the situation, State director of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan held a meeting at Lucknow on July25 and assigned targets to all BSAs.

Elaborating on the same, Bijnor BSA Sanjay Kushwah told TOI, “There is a target of 50,000 students to be admitted in private schools. Besides, Bijnor district has been given a target of 990 students in nursery and first standard.” “These admissions are meant for nursery and first standard only. We are all set to implement this scheme and will start a campaign to create awareness among the poor so that they can also send their wards to private schools,” he added.

Source : The Times Of India

Agra | Agra school ‘dismisses’ girl admitted under RTE Act

Agra: A convent school here allegedly cancelled the admission of a 3-year-old girl in nursery class after she had been admitted under the provisions of the Right to Education (RTE) Act because her father asked the school administration for a receipt against the school diary which he had to buy.

Ravi Mahore, father of the girl, Bhomi, has a bicycle repair shop and the family lives at Tota ka Taal locality in Lohamandi in the city. He brought the matter to the notice of local RTI activist Dhanwan Gupta and thereafter they met education department officials to lodge a complaint against Holy Public School, which is also located in Lohamandi.

“Bhomi was admitted at the school under RTE Act. However, we asked for a receipt for purchase of the school diary. She went to school for just three days and on the fourth we were told her admission had been cancelled,” said Ravi, talking to TOI. The school opened for the current session on July 4 and the family was informed that Bhomi’s admission had been cancelled the following day. In the previous session, she attended two days of school before it shut for the holidays.

“I contacted the school principal but he did not give any valid reason to explain why my daughter was not eligible. She had been selected on the basis of procedures followed by the education department. Even her date of birth, May 28, 2013, means she is eligible for admission to nursery class under the norms,” the father added.

The father and Dhanwan Gupta then approached basic shiksha adhikari (BSA) Dharmendra Saxena and other local officials, but no action has been taken against the school so far.”The parents are financially weak and can’t send their daughter to school on their own. Despite laws, there are many hurdles for poor citizens who want to send their children to good schools,” Gupta said.

 School principal Namrata Agrawal denied the allegations. “Bhomi has not attended school for a single day as her form had been sent to the BSA’s office in April to clarify if she was eligible on the basis of age. We are still awaiting a nod from the BSA. Why would I stop children who had applied through the Act? We have allowed the maximum number of students in the city under RTE,” she said.
School chairman and president of Association of Progressive Schools of Agra (APSA) Sanjay Tomar said that the girl was stopped from attending school due to age issue. “The family has been asked to sort this with the BSA, after which the girl can attend school,” he added.
 Agra division assistant director (basic education) Girijesh Chaudhary told TOI that he was unaware of the matter. “I will look into it and try to sort it with the school management and parents,” Chaudhary said, adding that action will be taken in case of any wrong decision, as it concerned the future of the girl child. BSA Dharmendra Saxena was not available for comments.

Agra | RTE: Over 600 EWS students’ future at stake

Agra: New academic session in most of the schools has begun but at least 600 children belonging to the economically weaker section (EWS) are left in lurch due to the alleged apathy of basic education department. The department got about 600 applications under the EWS category for admission to private schools under the Right to Education (RTE) Act this year. According to the act, all the private schools have to reserve a portion of the seats for children belonging to the EWS category. Even though, the classes in all the schools kicked off from April 1, the education department is yet to complete the data feeding work of the application received under the category. It is only after the feeding work is done that the department starts the next step of inspection to short list the candidates who fulfil the criteria. According to officials, the entire process may take around 15 to 20 more days. The department officials had earlier claimed that they will complete the process before the beginning of new session. Basic shiksha adhikari (BSA), Dharmendra Saxena, said that some of the applications came late leading to the delay. “Data feeding work is almost complete. Few forms came late due to which the delay occurred. Department will ensure admission of all eligible students in private schools of their choice free of cost under Right to Education as soon as possible,” Saxena told TOI. In the previous academic session, the department had listed only 92 children eligible for admission to private schools. RTE Act came into force in 2009. Under it there is 25% quota for students from weaker section in private schools.

Source : The Times of India

Uttar Pradesh | Derailing Right to Education in Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh has one of the lowest enrolment rates for economically weaker section and disadvantaged category children under the 25 percent reservation clause in the RTE Act. Yet the state government has issued multiple regressive notifications that inhibit these children from seeking admission under this clause. These notifications not only fail to satisfy the equality principle under the Indian Constitution but are also beyond the jurisdiction of the parent statute.

Article 21A was inserted in the Indian Constitution to ensure equality of opportunity with regard to primary education. This was followed by the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009 (the RTE Act), enacted by the outgoing United Progressive Alliance government in 2009. Under the act, 25% seats in private unaided schools are reserved for children belonging to economically weaker sections (EWS) and disadvantaged groups (DG). This provision was attacked as transgressing private schools’ right to occupation under the Indian Constitution but was holistically approved by the Supreme Court in Rajasthan Unaided Society v Union of India.[i]

In this article I wish to examine the implementation of the 25% reservation clause under the RTE Act in Uttar Pradesh (UP). It has been reported that the states with top 10 fill rates under 25% reservation clause (in %) included Delhi: 92.08, Madhya Pradesh: 88.24, Manipur: 64.77, Chhattisgarh: 63.1 and Sikkim: 50.26 while UP was 3.62 (Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, Central Square Foundation, Accountability Initiative and Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy (2015)). The same report estimates that the 25% reservation clause in UP would cover 6,37,149 seats, out of which 5,65,406 seats are in the rural areas (National University of Educational Planning and Administration 2014).

In the last admission season (until June 2015) only 3061 admissions were approved by the Basic Education officers in the state under the 25% reservation clause. This debacle was created by three regressive government orders (GOs) notified by the state government in 2012, 2013 and 2015. There are droves of children who are perpetually spurned by the school authorities citing provisions from these regressive GOs.

Under these three GOs reasons for denying admission could be marshalled into the following four categories:

1. The neighborhood area for implementing RTE shall be a “ward” and not within 1.0 km radius from the home of a EWS child seeking admission (GO 2013).

2. The 25% reservation clause shall be applicable only in urban wards and not in rural wards (GO 2015) (GO 2015).

3. Those wards have to be identified where no government/board/aided schools exist and 25% reservation clause shall be applicable only in private unaided schools of such identified wards (GO 2015).

4. Students can be arbitrarily rejected on grounds of age.

There are a bunch of petitions which have already been filed before the Allahabad High Court and many more are anticipated in the months to come impending next academic session. It is imperative at this stage to demystify these four categories for its sheer impact on the looming fate of several children. It is pertinent to mention that vires of these GOs have already been challenged in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), Ajay Kumar Patel v State of UP (Writ Petition No 3334 of 2016). This PIL was admitted by a division bench comprising of the Chief Justice Dr D Y Chandrachud and Justice Yashwant Verma on 27 January 2016 and its hearing is going on before the Allahabad High Court.

First Category

Rule 2 (c) of Government Order No 539/79-6-2013 published on 20 June 2013 says that “wards” (wards are the smaller units of a district where each district is subdivided into many wards based on its population and not on distance) shall be the relevant unit of defining “neighbourhoods” under the RTE Act and the UP RTE Rules, 2011 (the Rules). The “neighbourhood” as defined under Rule 4 (1) (a) read with Section 6 of the RTE Act should be within 1.0 km from the home of an EWS or disadvantaged children. These definitions are clearly contradictory.

For instance, an EWS or DG student residing in ward A could wish to avail admission in a school X which is 0.5 km from her home, that falls in ward B. Under the present regime of rules she is denied admission on the ground that her house and schools are in different wards. This is absurd and reduces the legitimacy of the state government. This has led to denial of admission to unfathomable number of students in the state. This order is against the entrenched canon of statutory construction that a direction issued under s 35 (2) of the RTE be allowed to mutilate provisions of the RTE and rules enacted by the state of UP pursuant to s 38 of the RTE. In case of inconsistency, it must be resolved harmoniously in favor of the beneficiary. This is evident from the observation made by the Delhi High Court in Federation of Public School v Director (Education) [187 (2012) DLT 184] wherein the then Chief Justice, AK Sikri on paragraph 10 observed:

We are however of the view that the paramount purpose is to provide access to education. Whether for that access, the child is to travel within 1 km or more is secondary.

The state government must dispense with its regressive attitude and devise guidelines explicating the contours of “neighbourhood” in the upcoming admission season. Perhaps, “wards” may be kept as units and preference may be given to those EWS students whose residence falls within 1.0 km from such private unaided schools.

It is proposed that in case of conflict between “ward” and “1.0 km” rule, “1.0 km” rule must trump the ward, otherwise both may operate harmoniously. District Basic Education officers (DBEOs) should calculate 1.0 km distance only if there is confusion between distance and wards. In every other case, wards may very well serve the purpose without abrogating the values espoused by the RTE Act.

Second Category

GO No 33577 – 926 notified on 6 January 2015 (Rule 1) instructs the DBEO to identify only urban wards in the district headquarter for enforcement of the 25% reservation clause. This is because the government feels that identifying unaided private schools is not important outside the urban areas. It is pertinent to flag at this juncture that 5,65,406 out of 6,37,149 seats identified in the DISE report, belong to rural areas. A vast segment of EWS and disadvantaged students are kept in abeyance in rural areas from availing the right conferred upon them under the RTE Act. The stinking rule not only commits a treachery on the 2009 Act, and the state Rules, but also wrecks all corners of the equality clause under the Indian Constitution. No delegated legislation can transgress the provisions of the enabling statute and Part III rights under the Constitution. It is an equally settled principle that a subordinate legislation cannot be permitted to curb the enabling statute. This rule unsettles the policy enunciated by the RTE Act and must be set aside. The state must consciously take a note of this and make a whole hearted endeavour in securing the admissions of EWS and DG in the coming admission season starting this year.

Third Category

Rule 1 and Rule 2 of the 2015 GO compels the EWS and disadvantaged students to take admissions in government/board/aided schools in their respective wards. A student may seek admission in private unaided schools only if such schools do not exist in their ward. Such perverse rules mangle the spirit of this provision read with Article 21A of the Constitution. This reading is consistent with the ruling of the Supreme Court in In Re Delhi Laws Act case (1951) as well as Dwarka Prasad v. State of U.P. (1954). To illustrate, say A, who is an EWS or disadvantaged student is keen on taking admission in a private unaided school M within her neighbourhood. Now, A will only be able to seek admission in M if there is no government/board/aided school in her neighbourhood or if all the seats in a government/board/aided schools are filled.

This creates a hierarchy and prevents an EWS or disadvantaged student from the “choice” of seeking admission in a school of her preference especially when neither the enabling statute nor the enacted rule conceives of any such situation. Few months back, a prestigious school from Lucknow refused to admit 31 EWS and disadvantaged students and filed a petition before the Lucknow Bench against the order of DBEO. Rebuking the school for such a regressive attitude, in CMS v State of UP (2015), the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court observed strongly against such a hierarchy and divesting such a choice from economically weaker section and disadvantaged students. The court observed:

Neither Section 3 nor the definition of ‘school’ contained in Section 2(n) lays down a preferential order in respect to the said schools for the purpose of admission therein. The area or limits of ‘neighborhood’ through not defined in the Act, 2009 has been specified in Rule 7 (3) read with Rule 4 (1) of the Rules 2011 framed by the State of U.P. to mean, in respect of children in Class I to V, a school ‘within a distance of 1.0 km and population of 300. Thus, as per a conjoint reading of the aforesaid provisions, a child residing within a 1.0 km of the Schools as defined in Section 2 (n), is entitled to free and compulsory education in any of the said schools, therefore, the contention of learned counsel appearing for the petitioners that, first of all the admission are to be made in a Government/Board/Aided school and only if the seats are not available therein, the 4th category of unaided school, such as the petitioner can be asked to make admissions, is not borne out from the provisions and scheme of the Act 2009. This is not the intention of the legislature. Having the option of more than one school in the neighborhood, the child or the guardian has the right to choose therefrom.

This decision goes against “hierarchy” and allows EWS and disadvantaged students the “choice” to seek admission in any private unaided school within their neighborhood.

The irony is that in PM Narendra Modi’s own constituency, Varanasi, only three wards out of roughly 50 (urban) wards have been identified where 25% reservation clause is applicable. This only adds insult to the injury and mocks the whole bureaucratic process. The DBEO awaits the verdict of the Supreme Court before which the judgment of the Lucknow Bench has been appealed and the constitutional promise of dignified life to EWS and disadvantaged students has been kept on hold.

Fourth Category

The RTE Act obligates providing education to children in the age group of 6–14 years. There have been many instances where EWS and DG group children in the age bracket of 6–7 years were denied admission without giving any reason. A recently obtained Right to Information Act report revealed that 10 out of 21 students in Varanasi were denied admission last year despite fulfilling the age criterion.

The exercise of discretion by the executive in the present case is an assault on the norms of public reason. Public reason, in democratic institutions, is often invoked as a relevant standard to evaluate rules and govern the executive’s conduct. Public reason, whose subject is always public good, mandates the executive to exercise its discretion in a fair and reasonable way. Distinct from the idea of public reason, the ideal of public reason is satisfied when the executive acts from and follows the idea of public reason and attempts to explain to other citizens their reasons for supporting fundamental political positions in terms of the political conception of justice they regard as the most reasonable (Rawls 1997). However no definition of justice can explain why 6–14 year-old children should be kept out of schools, citing arbitrary age-related reasons.

Conclusions

If one digs deep, one might sense an obnoxious collusion between the unaided private schools and the state government. The state must function in a fair and transparent manner and any aberration in the implementation of the 25% clause in the RTE Act must be strongly dealt with by the courts. The fundamental liberties, especially of children seeking primary education, must be safeguarded in all possible situations and the state must protect it at all costs.

Source : Economic & Political Weekly

Uttar Pradesh | BJP walks out from UP House over ‘non-compliance’ with RTE

BJP today staged a walkout from the  Legislative Assembly against non-admission of poor and underprivileged students in public schools under the Act.

Raising the issue during Zero Hour, BJP member Agarwal said as per the RTE guidelines by the Centre, 25 percent seats would be reserved for children from poor and underprivileged sections.

However, under its guidelines the UP government has exempted public schools, he alleged.

Citing the example of Gorakhpur, he said only 63 such students got admission in public schools in the city last year.

He demanded stern action against officials who prepared the guidelines.

BJP Legislature party leader alleged the government was not sensitive to poor and does not want their children to study in good schools.

The BJP members later walked out of the House.

Source : Business Standard

Uttar Pradesh | Schools refuse seats under RTE

Lucknow: Parents and social activists are staging an indefinite protest in the state capital against the flouting of the Right to Education Act (2009) in Uttar Pradesh schools and the reluctance of the Akhilesh government to implement the same.

The RTE Act, (Section 12), provides for reservation of 25 per cent of seats in all schools for free and compulsory education to children from the under-privileged classes. While the UP government has technically implemented this 25 per cent reservation for such children in the state’s elite schools, no efforts are being made to ensure its implementation, alleged protesters. Despite mounting pressure from parents, civil societies and activists, a large number of elite schools across the state continue to refuse admission to children from backward and marginalised communities, they said
For instance, Lucknow’s City Montessori School has stubbornly refused to admit children under the RTE Act.

The school has persistently ignored the orders of the district magistrate to admit 31 such students in the new academic session. On the contrary, the school management has even challenged the order in the Lucknow bench of Allahabad high court.

The high court has ordered the Basic Shiksha Adhikari of Lucknow to inspect if ample space was available in the school to accommodate the 31 students.

Source: The Asian Age

Uttar Pradesh | Samina Bano: The girl who makes RTE work

Lucknow: When a diminutive girl in her late twenties took small steps to address a gathering in Chief Minister’s residence here, no one thought that soon she will give sleepless nights to big school giants in Uttar Pradesh.

Samina Bano, now heading the Bharat Abhyudaya Foundation (BAF) in a span of six months did what even Uttar Pradesh government could not achieve in a year. In 2014-15, only 54 poor students were given free admission in schools under the economically weaker section (EWS) quota under Right To Education (RTE) Act. After her crusade, the number in 2015-16 has swelled to over 1,300 and is still counting. Among those admitted, nearly half the children are from minority community.

Not an easy task as during her efforts, she rubbed several high and mighty in the wrong way. City Montessori School (CMS), which boasts of holding a Guinness Book of World Records for highest number of students studying in a school in one city, denied admission to as many as 31 poor students. After her persuasion failed, Samina did not hesitate to protest on road. Lucknow witnessed something un-usual as nobody at the CMS ever thought in their wildest dream that people will stage dharna outside their office. The battle is still on and is presently in court.

From a privileged background to working for underprivileged, the journey has been a long one for Samina. Her father retired as a warrant officer from the Indian Air Force while her mother has been a homemaker. She has two brothers, one elder, one younger. “Being an Air Force kid, I have spent childhood in many cities such as Delhi, Pune, Bagdogra, Belgaum, Srinagar in Air Force campuses. My schooling was done throughout at Kendriya Vidyalayas, although thanks to my father’s transfers, I changed six schools from class 1 to 12,” Samina shares.

BAF chairperson Samina Bano talking to My School My Voice students and discussing their future aspirations

And her bio-data may give run for their money to several professionals. Armed with management degree from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore along with a B Tech from Government College of Engineering, Pune, Samina had a settled corporate life. Till 2012, she was working as a management consultant with Deloitte Consulting LLP (S&O) based at Philadelphia in USA. In her own words — “it was a spontaneous decision, I hung my boots and formed BAF.”

“The mission is more important — poor children also have a right to study respectfully,” she says. With her, she had five years of experience of working in other organisations like Texas Instruments and Proctor and Gamble at India and Singapore. From earning a hefty package, she is dependent on donations from her colleagues for her mission now.

In two years, there has been no looking back. She may feel paucity of funds but the courage never lets her down. It is due to her sincere efforts that now her name is synonymous with RTE in UP. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav realised her efforts and gave her all freedom to do her work deviating from set pattern of government functioning.

Samina, after her umpteen meetings with him, turned her focus towards primary education in Uttar Pradesh. It was tough, though RTE was applicable but not effectively implemented. Private schools did not pay heed to the rules while education department had no zeal to act. Touring across the state, she held several meetings with district level education officials and district administration. Even private schools were invited, some came, others overlooked.

But where are the children?

With the stage set, there was a problem in getting children to the schools. It is generally hard to locate poor children whose parents will allow them to attend school. With her own resources, she started collecting data and even filling admission forms. “The numbers were less in the beginning but slowly it picked. Now, even some prestigious schools have agreed and offer admission to poor students,” she informs.

Even today, at her two room rented office in Gomti Nagar, application forms are available for free, even a missed call is sufficient for enrolling a student as Samina’s few staff members rush to locate the child after collecting information. Seeing her efforts, CM Yadav has extended the date for admissions under the RTE on her request to accommodate more children. “There was a situation when officials used to avoid me saying that she will again talk about RTE. But I persisted,” she says.

Not only RTE but another of her campaign also earned accolades in the society. My School My Voice, a campaign conceived by her was endorsed, again, by CM Yadav in presence of hundreds of school children who had for the first time visited the CM residence.

The campaign in simple words — engaging school children for their schools. Getting children to say something about their school, the problems, the facilities and even teachers. Yadav attentively listened and the result — two teachers were served warning for skipping schools and schools were provided RO drinking water after students raised these issues.

“The journey is still a long way as 25 % of seats are to be reserved for poor students. I am focusing on that, getting few thousands admitted is good, but still the number can be higher,” Samina says.

More details about Samina Bano’s work through her Bharat Abhyudaya Foundation can be read here Bharat Abhyudaya Foundation .You can also visit the Facebook page of BAF here Bharat Abhyudaya Foundation.

Source: Two Circles.net