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Maharashtra child rights body urges reforms in policy for minority schools

April 16, 2024

The Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MSCPCR) emphasized the need for reform in the policy allowing private educational institutions to receive concessions by opting for minority status. Chairperson advocate Susieben Shah highlighted concerns about potential misuse of the policy, urging the government to ensure fairness to minority communities.

During a joint meeting with the education department on the Right to Education (RTE) Act, Shah proposed that the state government establish a minimum percentage for minority students when granting licenses to such schools, following rules set by the Central government. Regular inspections of schools with minority status were also recommended.

MSCPCR has received numerous complaints about schools in Mumbai and its suburbs denying admission to children based on minority status. Education officer Suraj Mandhare clarified that the state government has the authority to determine the percentage of respective communities in minority educational institutions, in line with Central government regulations. Mandhare stated that all minority schools in the state would undergo inspections before quotas are determined.

Source: PTI

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