New Delhi: To facilitate admission of disadvantaged and economically weaker sections in as per and compulsory education Act 2009, a non-government organization Social Jurist has opened an all-India helpline.
Any individual from any part across the nation can access totally free legal assistance through helplinenumbers - 9868529459, 8826456565 between 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on all days except Sundays or one can write to Mr. Ashok Aggarwal, Advisor Social Jurist, 478-479, Lawyers Chambers, Western Wing, Tis Hazari Courts, Delhi-110054. Alternatively, Juristashok@gmail.com.
According to the Right to Education (RTE) Act, which came into force from April 1, 2010, 25% seats are reserved for EWS candidates in all private unaided schools. However, private schools in several States and Union Territories have not implemented this provision at all, and the respective governments have not taken any action against schools that are not fulfilling their obligations.
Realizing that poor sections are not benefiting from the government scheme, Social Jurist decided to help those anticipating admission to private schools. Ashok Agarwal, Social Jurist Advocate advisor said that they not only want to the issue but also help students from these groups to get admission.
Social Activists, civil society bodies, non-government organizations, parents' bodies, and professionals like lawyers have a role in getting these provisions implemented.Lawyers associated with Social Jurist have previous experience of EWS in Delhi relating to unaided schools on public lands since 2004-05. As a result, now there is more willingness and expertise amongst to get the RTE Act provision implemented for the benefit of all.