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Lakhs of children waiting to take the entrance test for admission into the prestigious Navodaya Vidyalayas can now finally appear for it as the law ministry has finally said these schools can be exempted from two key provisions of the Right to Education Act.
However, the law ministry has asked the HRD ministry to take the precaution of issuing the necessary notification exempting these schools from the RTE Act. The two key provisions no screening and 25% reservation for economically weaker sections will not be applicable to 444 Navodaya Vidyalayas across the country. As a result, the entrance test for these schools, that was to take place in February, would now held in July. Sources in the Navodaya Vidyalaya Sangathan (NVS) said, the session in Navodaya Vidyalayas has already been delayed by a few months. We would like to conduct the test next month. As for issuing the notification, ministry sources said there is a procedural hitch. Parliament is seized with the RTE amendment Act and till it is passed, the notification cannot be issued. HRD officials point out that while NVs have waited and delayed admissions, other government-run schools like Sainik Schools and Pratibha Vidyalayas have gone ahead without seeking any clarification. There are a number of reasons for letting Navodaya Vidyalayas off the RTE hook. They start from class VI and not class I. These schools, located in all districts, have 75% seats reserved for rural children.
Courtesy: Times of India
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