DOOMDOOMA: On receiving complaint against the management of Delhi Public School (DPS), Digboi for publishing notification on their school website for admission test during COVID-19 lockdown and conducting screening procedure while violating Section 13 of RTE Act, 2009, the chairperson of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), New Delhi wrote to the Deputy Commissioner, Tinsukia to conduct an immediate inquiry into the matter and issue appropriate direction to DPS, Digboi and any/all such schools in the district which were found to be in violation and contravention of the rights of children and their safety.
The Commission received complaint from Dr Anjan Saikia of Doomdooma College that some private schools of Assam, including DPS, Digboi, published notification in their school website for screening and admission procedure comprising written and viva test from Nursery to Class IX for academic session 2020-24 by violating Section 13 of RTE Act, 2009. The NCPCR chairperson in his letter to the Tinsukia Deputy Commissioner, wrote that the Commission after enquiring into the complaint U/s 13(1) of CPCR Act, 2005, took suo-moto cognizance in relation to deprivation and violation of child rights. So the Commission came to the conclusion that ‘the school management publishing notification mentioned above subject matter is clearly a violation of RTE Act, 2009. Also, in the time of global crisis and nationwide complete lockdown situation because of outbreak of COVID-19, publication of such orders are likely to create further insecurity and confusion amongst children and their parent/guardian. This may put pressure on children and induce unnecessary stress’.
The chairperson of NCPCR added, “The Commission takes serious view of violation of Section 13 of RTE Act, 2009 and finds it as a negligent approach which is not in the best interest of the children.”