The Supreme Court these days issued word in a petition elevating the question of whether the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 (Right to Education Act/ RTE Act) applies to colleges affiliated to International Education Boards.
The petition has been filed by an 11-year-old boy difficult the choice of the Bombay High Court which had dismissed the petition.
The petitioner is a pupil of Ajmera Global School in Mumbai that is affiliated to the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) syllabus. He became detained in Class VI due to no longer securing the desired aggregate marks as prescribed by using the School. The petitioner’s document card additionally contained a few harsh feedback in opposition to him. Further, the School had additionally refused to issue a college leaving certificate to the petitioner effectively preventing him from seeking admission in another college leading to lack of one instructional 12 months.
It is the case of the petitioner that the Right to Education Act provides for a ‘no-detention coverage’ till Class VIII and consequently, the faculty have to now not have detained him in Class VI.
The Bombay High Court had brushed off the case with some stern observations against the dad and mom. It had held that the parents need to also be held answerable for a child’s failure and the college on my own couldn’t be blamed. The High Court had additionally upheld the requirements and norms for the training set with the aid of the college due to it being affiliated to IGCSE syllabus.
In a challenge to this order of the High Court, the petitioner has submitted earlier than the Supreme Court that the RTE Act does now not distinguish among any medium or syllabus of training. Thus, being affiliated to a global syllabus would now not ward off the college from being ruled via the provisions of the RTE Act. The petition additionally states that the High Court did not respect Section 16 of the Act which provides for the no-detention policy.
Alleging that the Respondent college held again the petitioner for its personal commercial reasons, the petition has additionally underscored the fact that if relief isn’t granted inside the depend, the petitioner will lose an academic year. This lack of a year will adversely affect his future given the stigma connected.
“if the impugned order is not set aside, the Petitioner stands to lose out on one educational yr, for this reason affecting his destiny in as much as a repeat of 365 days leaves a protracted stigma in destiny academic and process possibilities. The uncharitable feedback inside the document card in addition to the detention can have a deleterious effect on the child of such tender age and the Hon’ble High Court gravely erred in law in going towards the specific edict of the Act.”
The Bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari issued word in the count these days. The petitioner became represented with the aid of advocates MF Philip and Purnima Krishna.

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