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Transgender Kids to Attend School under ‘Disadvantaged Category’

Oct 17, 2014 12:29 IST

    The transgender kids will now be able to attend school unlike other children to pursue their studies throughout the capital. The process of education will be free of cost and the children will belong to the ‘disadvantaged category’ under the Right to Education (RTE) Act.

    According to Delhi Lt governor Najeeb Jung, the transgender kids will be eligible to avail the 25% reservation under the economically weaker section (EWS) and disadvantaged students for admission. A As per Census 2011, India has 4.9 lakh transgender kids over the country, and this facility will help each of them to be educated in a better manner.

    A notification issued by the Directorate of Education (DoE) states, “In exercise of the powers conferred by Clause D of Section 2 of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009 (35 of 2009) (RTE Act), the Lt-Governor of Delhi is pleased to notify inclusion of a 'transgender' child within the meaning of 'child belonging to disadvantaged group' as defined in the said section of the RTE Act applicable to all schools situated within the National Capital Territory of Delhi.”

    Kids need to have certificate mentioning their specific gender that will be needed at the time of admission to schools. These certificates will be issued by the Health department of the state.

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