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RTE Quota: Parents Allege Discrimination, Stage Flash Protest Against Bengaluru School

Parents, whose children have taken admission under the RTE Act, held a vociferous demonstration outside the Brigade School in JP Nagar, asking teachers to stop putting their children in a separate class-room.

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Updated:June 21, 2017, 10:46 PM IST
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RTE Quota: Parents Allege Discrimination, Stage Flash Protest Against Bengaluru School
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Bengaluru: Alleging discrimination by a south Bengaluru school against students admitted under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, a group of parents on Wednesday went on a flash protest against the education institute.

Parents, whose children have taken admission under the RTE Act, held a vociferous demonstration outside the Brigade School in JP Nagar, asking teachers to stop putting their children in a separate class-room.

"Our children say they don't want to come to school at all. They say an ayah (attendant) takes classes for them. They are not involved in any of the extra-curricular activities like swimming, singing and dancing classes, nor are they given homework. Other children are attending regular classes, participate in activities," said Radha, one of the protesting mothers.

Raising slogans against the school, they demanded answers from authorities on why their children are even given different kinds of school furniture, as compared to children who are paying regular fees.

"Are they children only if they come from rich homes? If that's so, why admit our children and torture them like this?" Radha demanded to know.

Education department officials in charge of the block said they have sent a report about this to their seniors and a show cause notice will be issued to the school management on Thursday to seek an explanation.

"There seems to be some discrimination and violation of RTE rules. So we are taking action. But the claim that an attendant is teaching the children is false. The lady was an attendant five years back but has, since then, completed a Master's degree," an official told News18.

School officials, however, refuted the allegations, saying these children are being put through remediation classes as they are weaker in their academics and need additional support.

"We have not discriminated between RTE and other students from day one. They have always taken part in all activities – annual day, sport day etc. Here we have a procedure where weaker students get remediation. Not all are RTE students, some are students weaker in students from among regular students too. They (parents) have misunderstood us. Class I is the starting point and we must give remediation for three months even as per RTE rules," said Stella Parthasarathy, Principal of the school.

She said the school would take parents into confidence and try to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

"We will make the parents happy. Never in our school are parents and students targeted," she told reporters.
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