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127 primary students failed by two schools

Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation, Right to Education

AHMEDABAD: The District Education Office (DEO) office has received complaints from parents that 127 students of primary sections were failed by two schools in Bapunagar despite the Right to Education (RTE) Act directing that no child can be failed in class 1-8.

Silver Bell School and Shivalik Primary School in Bapunagar are reported to have failed 127 students of the primary section. These students were given the pass marks and issued school leaving certificates only after the parents agreed to shift to other schools.

Following up on the complaints, the DEO has written to the primary education department seeking to issue show cause notices on why the recognition of these schools should not be cancelled following the blatant violation of the RTE Act.

Parents complained to the authorities about this illegal action as the RTE Act stipulates that no child in the primary section can be failed. These students have to be passed and allowed to move onto the higher classes.
Acting upon the complaints, the DEO officials found that many leaving certificates issued by the schools authorities did not carry the stamp and signature of the school. This was to avoid action.

“This practice is illegal and we have decided to follow up on these schools with strict action. The RTE Act has been implemented in the state since the past two years but most of the school authorities take refuge in ignorance. When pulled up for failing primary students, school authorities say that they are not aware of the rules. It has been two years since RTE Act was implemented in the state and it is high time the authorities are aware of the rules and regulations”, said city DEO RI Patel.

The Times of India, 29 July 2012


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