Phoenix World School flouting RTE

Prajakta Joshi
Friday, 7 July 2017

While the school is not granting admissions to students under RTE, the education department, too, is doing nothing but merely sending letters to the school

Pune: There have been complaints against Phoenix World School, Kharadi, that the school has been denying admissions to students under RTE (Right To Education) Act for around 10 seats.

While it is mandatory for schools to give admissions to students once they have surrendered 25 per cent of their seats for RTE, the alleged denial by the school to grant admissions has raised doubts about the control of the education department over the admission procedure.

Speaking on the issue, AAP Parents’ Union’s Mukund Kirtat told Sakal Times, “While the school is not granting admissions to students under RTE, the education department, too, is doing nothing but merely sending letters to the school. While Education Officer at Zila Parishad, Pune Mustaq Sheikh has sent a notice to Deputy Director of Education Dinkar Temkar to derecognise the school, no action has yet been taken against the school.”

While Kirtat claims having met at least three to four parents at the school struggling to get admissions for their children, the school was unresponsive on the issue even after repeated attempts to contact them.

“The school, on being asked, said that the parents were sent back without admission as they did not have appropriate documents. However, the parents have narrated to us that they were given stupid reasons like the child will not be able to adjust with other students in the school, who come from well-to-do families or are demanding extra money up to Rs 55,000 from poor parents,” said Kirtat.

One of the parents, on the condition of anonymity, said he has visited the school and different government departments several times for the past couple of months, but in vain. Until action is taken against the Phoenix World School, parents cannot even opt for any other school for RTE admissions, thus leaving the future of their children, who have been allotted the school, uncertain.

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