New Delhi: About 600 hundred Navodaya Vidyalayas in the country, which are facing problems in complying with the Right to Education (RTE) Act, can take a sigh of relief now as the Union Law Ministry has decided to keep them out of the ambit of RTE.

Sources said the Ministry has agreed to keep NavodayaVidyalayas out of the jurisdiction of RTE after hearing the Human Resource Development Ministry’s logic and seeking consultation from the Attorney General.

It is worth mentioning that Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti conducts entrance examination in February every year and new session commences in July. But given the legal constraint, the entrance examination cannot be held as yet.

After getting nod from Law Ministry, entrance examination is likely to be conducted in July so that session cannot be delayed any more.

Under the RTE Act, no screening test of either children or their parents can be conducted for admission in any school. Every school will have to reserve 25 percent seats for the children belonging to economically weaker section.

Entrance examination is the basis for admission in Navodaya Vidyalayas, which had refused to admit children under RTE last year.
Annoyed with it, National Commission for Child Protection had issued notice to Navodaya Vidyalaya to cancel admission on the basis of entrance test.

JPN/Bureau