NGO demands uniforms, midday meals, books for non-aided schools


AURANGABAD: The Jan Jagran Samiti, Aurangabad, supported by students and parents has threatened to approach the court if the government fails to provide uniform, midday meals and books for students studying in non-aided schools as per the Right to Education (RTE) Act.

The Jan Jagran Samiti Maharashtra president Mohsin Ahmed said, “The state government had initiated a number of schemes for students studying in non-aided schools aiming to minimise the dropout ratio. But, after four years of its launch, it stopped it abruptly in 2000.”

He said, “Thousands of students belonging to economically backward sections take admissions in English as well as Marathi medium non-aided schools. With government stopping the schemes, many students who are not able to afford the expenses are devoid of education.”

“Despite, the Right to Education law providing free and compulsory schooling to children in the age group of 6 to 14 years, free primary schooling still remains an exception rather than the rule as school fees continue to be charged,” Ahmed said.

In a memorandum forwarded to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, he said that if the government fails to provide facilities like school uniforms, books, midday meals to economically backward students studying in non-aided schools by June 10, the Samiti would approach the court for justice.

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