The Maharashtra Government in an Resolution under Right to Education (RTE) Act and Rules 2009 Columns 8 and 9 has made a special provision in the mandatory 25 per cent reservation for children of prostitutes, eunuchs apart from the already included poor and backward class kids in all private educational institutes.
Taking serious note of private educational institutes refusing admissions to children of sex workers (prostitutes) and ‘tritiya panthi’ (Eunuchs), the Maharashtra Government in an Resolution under Right to Education (RTE) Act and Rules 2009 Columns 8 and 9 has made a special provision in the mandatory 25 per cent reservation for children of prostitutes, eunuchs apart from the already included poor and backward class kids in all private educational institutes. The Government Resolution was issued on May 27. The Chief Secretary had called meetings of concerned authorities on April 9 and 29 for the very purpose. The Government Resolution has put the responsibility of admissions to children of women in flesh trade and eunuchs on private educational institutes and local self-governments. The special provision was outcome of increasing complaints in this regard.
However, if one takes note of opinions of experts in education fields, the society’s attitude towards children of prostitutes and eunuchs is negative. The Government move is appreciative but for the children or eunuchs the journey to schools is not an easy one. The private institutes, which are putting many hurdles in admissions to poor and backward class kids alone, then the admissions for children of sex workers and eunuchs, could remain a dream only. Other parents, too, could raise their eyebrows reasoning the rationale behind the admissions to these kids and studying together with their wards. In these circumstances the role of private educational institutes becomes vital as to keep the details a secret.
THE DIFFICULTIES: The Government Resolution (GR) was issued on May 27 and the last date for applications under RTE in private institutes in Nagpur is June 4. All the private institutes have to submit the lists or numbers of students selected under RTE to Primary School Department on June 17. A separate meeting of all Principals would have been arranged, too, in this regard.
RESPECTED PLACE IN SOCIETY: Mohammed Shahid, President of RTE Action Committee has welcomed the Government move and said, the children, who have been cut off from the main stream, could get a qualitative education and make a respected place in the society. Till now, these children were a discriminated lot. This is a very positive step by the Education Department, he added.
ALL KIDS HAVE RIGHT TO EDUCATION: Someshwar Netam, Primary Education Officer said, he had no information regarding the GR but every child has right to education. And according to rules, the children of sex workers or eunuchs have similar right like other children to receive high quality education and dream of a bright future, Netam asserted.