Jaipur: The prestigious Mayo College Ajmer on Wednesday told the Rajasthan High Court that it will not grant admission to 25 per cent students from the weaker sections as made mandatory under the Right To Education Act, saying it is not applicable to it.
Appearing for Mayo College administration in the High Court senior advocate Abhay Bhandari said, “there will be no admission for weaker section students as the Supreme Court has clarified that boarding schools are not covered by Right to Education Act and they are free to make their admission policies, which heard a writ petition in this regard, senior.
“It has further been clarified that the Central government will issue a separate notification clarifying this position shortly as per direction of the Supreme Court,” he argued. Earlier, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) had issued a notice dated November 21, 2011 to Mayo administration to scrap the admission procedure after it was reported that it had conducted entrance test and screening as also interviews of parents on December 21 and 22 last year in violation of RTE Act.
Besides, the local administration had also served a notice on the school to comply with the mandatory provision under RTE.
The Act mandates that the poor, weaker sections and disabled students be given free education in their neighbourhood by all private schools. The senior counsel said the Mayo College administration will not be bound by RTE Act to admit poor students as the apex court has clarified that schools which are running day-boarding are not governed by the RTE Act.