HC Notice To KVs In PIL For RTE Non-Compliance

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Delhi HC Issued Notices to KVS For Violation of RTE A bench of Delhi High Court, comprising of Chief Justice D Murugesan and Justice Jayant Nath, Wednesday, issued notices to Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sanghatan (KVS) for its alleged failure to provide totally free education to students of Class I-VIII under the Right to Education Act (RTE).

A PIL has been filed by Social Jurists, an NGO, through counsel Ashok Agarwal, alleging that all the Kendriya Vidyalayas (KV) all over the country including Delhi have been charging fee under various heads from the students of Classes I to VIII.

The court has fixed May 15 as the date of return for the notices, i.e. by then the MHRD and KVS has to explain by way of an affidavit the steps taken to comply with the provision of the RTE Act.

The court order came after KVS’s counsel, who accepted notice in the court, submitted that after the enforcement of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, no tuition fee has been collected from students but on account of computer classes and other things, a minimal amount was charged from them.

Petitioners have alleged that KVS has failed to provide totally free education to students studying in Class I to Class VIII in all Kendriya Vidyalayas (KV) run by them as required in terms of Articles 21 and 21-A of the Constitution of India read with Section 3 of the RTE Act.

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