The low annual income is just one of the many criteria for allowing admission in private schools under the Right to Education Quota, which is created for ‘disadvantaged groups’ and ‘weaker sections’ by the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act.
As said by the Chief Educational Officer, A. Gnanagowri, the government order -- G.O. No. 174, dated 8 November 2011, which outlined the State Governments’ rules for admitting students under the RTE quota, includes many groups in the categories -- ‘disadvantaged groups’ and ‘weaker sections’.
The ‘disadvantaged groups’ were defined for “a child who is an orphan or affected by HIV or a transgender or a child of a conservancy worker” in addition to the definition given in the RTE Act, and the ‘Weaker sections’ were defined for those children whose parents or guardians have annual income lower than Rs. 2 lakh.
Further, in the ‘disadvantaged groups’ category, the Central Government has also included the children belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes along with those belong to socially and educationally backward classes, having being disadvantaged owing to various social, cultural, economical and other factors.
The income ceiling would not apply for the disadvantaged groups, said Gnanagowri.
The Officer further said to the source that previous year many parents were unaware of documents that had to be submitted. Denying the allegations that the Department of School Education had not verified the documents of students admitted in private schools, Gnanagowri said that the documents were subjected to scrutiny at the beginning of the academic year.