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.