ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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RTE in Karnataka

The resistance and refusal of private schools in Karnataka to admit children applying to them under the right
to education (RTE) quota is appalling. The private schools are finding all possible means to deny admission to students from poorer sections. This state of affairs defeats the very purpose of RTE. Karnataka has always been a state which has encouraged private education and capitation fees. The private education system in the state has produced many a billionaire. Now it has come to such a pass that the right of every child to be educated, is being neglected in this state.

Karnataka is also a state where child labour is rampant. The time-honoured solution to tackle the issue has been through education. Needless to say that the children who go to work, instead of school, are from poorer sections and minority groups. Can the private education sector abdicate its constitutional duty to recruit children from poorer sections without any capitation or other fee?

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