Mayo College Ajmer, among the most reputable schools in the country, has said the 25 per cent quota for students from underprivileged families does not apply to it as it is a boarding school.
Under the Right to Education Act, all schools barring unaided minority institutions have to reserve 25 per seats for students from the weaker sections. However, there is no clarity yet on boarding schools.
Appearing for the Mayo College administration in Rajasthan High Court, senior advocate Abhay Bhandari said: “There will be no admission for weaker section students as the Supreme Court has clarified that boarding schools are not covered by the Right to Education Act and they are free to make their admission policies.”
Referring to the Supreme Court order, the lawyer said: “It has further been clarified that the central government will issue a separate notification clarifying this position shortly as per the direction of the Supreme Court.”
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights had issued a notice to the Mayo administration to scrap the admission procedure after it was reported that it had conducted an entrance test, screening and interviews of parents on December 21 and 22 last year in violation of the RTE Act.
Besides, the local administration had also served a notice on the school to comply with the mandatory provision under the RTE.
The senior counsel said the Mayo College administration would not be bound by the RTE Act to admit poor students as the apex court had clarified that schools which are running day-boarding are not governed by the act.
A writ petition was filed challenging the notices and directives of child rights protection commission and the Ajmer administration.
Bhandari told the bench that the controversy raised in the petition before the high court had been settled by an order of the Supreme Court. The bench then ordered the writ to be disposed of.