Sunday, 11 July 2010
Power of RTI
Today around 25 children of SKV & GBSSS, J& K Block Dilshad Garden approached to our office and told us that they have secured D grade in English in class X examinations and the school authorities have given them Sanskrit forcibly in class XI, and despite of making several requests the principal is not giving them English in XIth class. The principal stated that we have been ordered from the higher Authorities that the students who secured D Grade in English should not be given English subject in class XI. When the parents asked for the orders, the principal stated the orders are not for the public it is for the principals only. More over as per the sec 4 (1)b, c) of RTI Act “all Public Authority have to publish all relevant facts while formulating important policies of announcing the decisions which effect the public; and has to provide reasons for its administrative or quasi judicial decisions to affected person;” therefore the department as well as the school authorities have to show & display the guideline for admission in public domain. Therefore a complaint to Central Information Commission for not following the Act has been drafted (Please see annexure 1).
We have also drafted individual complaints in the name of Education Director and Deputy Director for all the students that the school is not giving English subject in class XI. (Please see Annexure 2).
All the students approached to school to submit CIC complaint as well as application. As soon as the principal read the complaints she immediately called us. The principal stated that these students have secured less marks in English therefore they cannot be given English subject in Class XI, because it will effect to our result in long term. So we will only give Sanskrit to these students, there is no such order from the Director.
After that we asked the Principals to submit the applications. Then the principal stated that don’t submit these applications, we will give admission to these students only please don’t tell to other students. We stated that this is injustice with the students who are willing to take English as main subject in class XI. In the end the principals of both the schools got agreed to revise the admission list and are ready to give English subject to all the students who have been given Sanskrit forcibly.
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