Wednesday, 13 January 2010
Report on Dharna before Education Director (MCD), August 2009
In the month of July, 2009 Action Aid India, Bawana, organized 15 admission camps at different focal locations and MCD Primary Schools of Bawana. During these camps it was noticed that teachers and Principals of different schools refusing to take admissions and asking several documents like Date of Birth certificate, Address proof, Affidavit etc. while these documents are not necessary for admission in primary school as per departmental guidelines and every child has Right to free and compulsory education under Article 21 A of the constitution.
Therefore we spread awareness among the parents to file complaints against schools who are denying admissions of their child. As a result around 85 complaints were generated and filed before Smt. Premlata Kataria, Education Director (MCD). But after the passing of 15 to 20 days no action was taken by Education Director (MCD) on the complaints. So a dharna was organized before the office of Education Director (Primary Education) at Nigam Bhawan, Kashmere Gate, Delhi to protest on this issue.
On 7th August, 2009 around 50 parents with their children and representatives of Pardarshita, Navjyoti India Foundation, A.V Baliga Trust were gathered and went to Nigam Bhawan to sit on Dharna before Smt. Premlata Kataria, Education Director (MCD).
She denied meeting the aggrieved parents but all parents were rigid to meet with her to ensure admission of their child. Finally Education Director (MCD) ready to meet with parents. She gave a letter to people regarding ensuring admission of every child in MCD primary school and directed the D.E.O, Narela Zone to look this matter directly.
As a result of this protest now MCD Schools of Bawana are not refusing admission to any child and more than 100 children are directly benefited from this Dharna. Out of which 55 are Muslims and 25 are girl children.
This issue was discussed in the alliance building meeting also and most of the organizations stated that they are also facing such problems in getting the admission of the child in their respective areas, so during Dharna most of the organizations working in North West Delhi participated and had a positive result.