Admissions in CBSE Schools under Free and Compulsory Education Act
The Tamil Nadu Planning Commission has ordered that, under the 25% reservation scheme, the schools that come under the Central Board of Secondary Education and Indian Certificate of Secondary Education boards should also compulsorily admit free students.
Under the Central Government’s Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, in all the private schools, 25% of its seats for students aged between 6 and 14, must be allocated for free. The Centre will, in return, pay grants to these schools. The Tamil Nadu Government has issued orders that 25% of the seats in LKG and UKG classes of private schools should also be allocated for free students.
Complaint: The Education officers have filed a complaint that there are practical difficulties in implementing the 25% free seats reservations in CBSE and ICSE schools. A meeting between the education officers, representatives of various CBSE and ICSE schools, and the members of the Tamil Nadu Planning Commission was held at Chennai Ezhilagam.
Participants: Among the participants were the Secretary of the Tamil Nadu Planning Commission; Mr. Selvakumar, member of the Tamil Nadu State Commission for Protection of Child Rights; officials of the boards regulating the school education, matriculation schools, primary schools and teachers training institutions; and Mr. Kumaresan, an official of the Planning Commission.
During the meeting, the officials complained that CBSE schools have refused to give admission to the free students. Later, participants of the meeting said that it was decided that a list should be prepared of all the schools that have refused to allocate 25% free student seats, and that the list should be sent to New Delhi and steps must be taken to revoke the licenses issued to these schools.
Similarly, it was also decided that free seats should not be allocated to students whose parents had presented fake income certificates that show that their annual income is less than Rs.2 lakhs.