SHRC Asks Elite Schools To Explain Failure To Admit Poor Students


SRINAGAR — The State Human Rights Commission Chairman Justice (Rtd) Bilal Nazaki Friday issued a notice to director education and the principals of leading private schools asking them to file a detailed compliance report about the reserved quota in the admission for the downtrodden children and also the criteria for the school fee.

The notice comes in response to the petition filed by the chairman International Forum for Justice and Human Rights (IFJHR) Muhammad Ahsan Untoo in case SHRC/395/Sgr/2018.

In the hearing of the case before the SHRC chairman, counsels for the Tyndale Biscoe and Mallinson School, Delhi Public School and a representative on behalf of Iqbal Memorial Institute were present.

The notices have been issued to the principals of Biscoe, Mallinson, Presentation convent, Burn Hall and IMI asking them to file a  detailed report before the Commission by December 27.

The petitioner had claimed that the elite schools of Kashmir are adopting a shoddy admission procedure and there was no check on their fee structure while as poor and downtrodden children were deprived of the right to education as these institutes deny them admissions.

He said there are clear-cut directions by the Supreme Court that the leading schools must keep 25 percent reservation in admission for the downtrodden children so that they too get the quality education, but in Kashmir the orders were defied.

The petitioner had also urged the SHRC to form the team for the inspection of the leading private schools to check the fee criteria and the heating arrangements for the students during winter months. The case has been listed before the SHRC on December 27

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