Denial of admission to a school dropout – Admission after SICHREM’s intervention

July 6, 2011

Thirupathaiah, son of Mr. Srinivas resident of Koramangala, Bangalore, studied 10th standard in the Corporation High School in Austin Town, Bangalore. Due to shortage of attendance he was not allowed to write his exams. The Headmaster (HM) of the school advised Thirupathaiah to continue in the same class for another year and appear for exam. Never keeping up the promise, the HM refused to admit Thirupathaiah in 10th standard in the next year and forced him to appear as a private candidate. The parents of the child worrying about the admission of their child approached SICHREM requesting SICHREM to help for the child’s readmission in the same school and in the same class.

A fact finding committee was constituted, which visited the school and approached the HM. The committee mediated between the parents and the school administration. The committee made the HM aware about the provisions in the Right to Education (RTE) Act and other provisions in the UNCRC relating to child’s education. On the intervention of the committee, the HM agreed for admitting Thirupathaiah in 10th standard. The HM also asked Thirupathaiah’s parents to pay the admission fee.

After the intervention of SICHREM, Thirupathaiah is now continuing his studies.

Under RTE, dropouts should be mainstream based on “age in appropriate class” and he/she must be treated as a regular student. The UNCRC which was ratified by Government of India in 1992 says denial of the same is a violation of Right to Development.