|Guidelines under Section 35 (I) of RTE Act|
|Friday, 23 November 2012 12:46|
Guidelines under Section 35 (1) of the Right of Children To Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009 for Implementation of Clause (c) of Sections 8 and 9 of the RTE Act
Clause (c) of sections 8 and 9 of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009 casts a duty on the appropriate Government and local authority to ensure that the child belonging to weaker section and the child belonging to disadvantaged group are not discriminated against and prevented from pursuing and completing elementary education on any ground. In order to enable State Governments and school managements to fulfill their responsibilities for creating a non-discriminatory school environment, following guidelines are issued for implementation of clause (c) of section 8 and 9 of the RTE Act:
1. Every school referred to in clause (n) of section 2 of the RTE Act shall take appropriate measures to:
2. A school shall not discriminate a child belonging to the weaker section or disadvantaged group, allow or condone any constituent of the school to discriminate such a child or a group of such children, and take the following measures, namely:-
3. The school shall prescribe the procedures and mechanism to deal with and decide any complaint or discrimination made or submitted by any child belonging to the weaker section or the disadvantaged group, and it shall be obligatory on the part of the school to decide such complaints within a maximum period of 60 days from the date of receipt or submission of such complaint.
4. The schools shall take steps to engage with the educational fraternity, the community and the public at large, and raise public awareness on the importance of equality and overcoming discrimination and harassment against children belonging to weaker section and disadvantaged group in schools. The school shall make public all measures taken by it for elimination of discrimination against and harassment of children belonging to weaker section and disadvantaged group.
The State Government and local authorities are being requested to take appropriate steps for ensuring that all schools adhere to the aforementioned Guidelines for preventing discrimination in schools in respect of children belonging to weaker section and disadvantaged groups.
Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India