Mumbai school exposes misuse of Right to Education Act

The Bombay International School in Mumbai has exposed how the Right to Education Act is being misused by the rich to get their children school admissions.

An agency appointed by the school conducted Facebook and other online checks of applicants and found that some of them had vacationed abroad and were living in good localities and apartments.

The RTE Act guarantees free education to children whose parents earn less than Rs. one lakh a year. Private and government-aided schools have to reserve 25% of seats for children between 6 to 14 years.

Since the Act came into effect, various surveys have found that not all schools follow the stipulated rules and find ways to reject students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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