For the inclusive growth of a society, education is an effective tool for evolution and development rather than being a privilege. India had taken a step further by passing the Right to Education Act – 2009 and making free and compulsory education a fundamental right incorporated under section 21-A of the constitution. APNA has been running an awareness campaign for weaker and marginalized sections of the society. Section 12(1)(c) of this act mandates a 25% reservation for children from economically and socially weaker sections in private unaided non-minority schools.
Our team has been running a door-to-door awareness campaign to make the oblivious people aware of this provision and to help them in managing their essential documents required for the same.
It is important especially when private schools in India are becoming highly hierarchical and segregated. Improper implementation of this reservation across the country has been observed since the past few years and lack of awareness is one of the reasons, as a result, many seats remain vacant every year and people are being deprived of their rights.
So, to fulfill this provision, our organization has initiated this awareness program. In Jharkhand, section 12 (1) (c) includes children belonging to weaker sections and children belonging to a disadvantaged group.
1. Children belonging to the weaker section whose parents have annual family income from all sources is less than 72 thousand rupees or have a BPL card.
2. Children belonging to Disadvantaged Group includes children belonging to,
• Scheduled Castes (SC)
• Scheduled Tribes (ST)
• Other Backward Classes (non-creamy layer)
• Children with Special Needs and suffering from a disability
The documents required for children belonging to EWS: Income certificate or BPL Card.
• The documents required for children belonging to DG: SC/ST/OBC certificate.
• Children with Special Needs/Disabled- Certificate issued by govt. hospital.
• While an orphan is required to provide documentary evidence.