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Chhattisgarh SCPCR takes action against Raipur school

RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR) in a surprise inspection at Holy Cross Byron Bazaar School found the school conducting screen test of 100 students for admission, violating Right to Education Act on Wednesday.

Acting against schools violating norms of RTE, SCPCR had recently issued guidelines to state education department and conduct surprise inspection to check if students between 0-14 years of age and parents were being asked to undergo screen-test or entrance test during admissions.

Flying squad team of SCPCR, on receiving several complaints from parents, had found school management of Holy Cross Byron Bazaar conducting screen test of children aged 3-4 years old in school premises along with parents.

“Over 100 children were found crying and they were also being persuaded to attempt the test and parents were also sitting in a hall for written test, it is a violation of section 13 (1) of RTE,” a spokesperson said. According to this section, schools shouldn't ask parents and students to attend screen test, entrance test (oral or written), charge entrance fee for admission or they will be fined Rs 25,000 as penalty.

Officials at SCPCR said that parents told them that school had also charged them Rs 500 for test. Though school management clarified that they were conducting counselling sessions, but the incident was reported to district education officer and was asked to take appropriate action against school.