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Government of India
Ministry of Human Resource Development
19-November-2010 17:28 IST
Reservation of Seats for Poor Children in Schools
The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009, provides that a specified category school and an unaided school not receiving any kind of aid or grants to meet it expenses from the appropriate Government or the local authority shall admit in class 1 to the extent of at lease twenty-five per cent of the strength of that class, children belonging to weaker sections and disadvantage groups in the neighbourhood and provide free and compulsory elementary education till its completion. The unaided school shall be reimbursed expenditure so incurred by it to the extent of per-child-expenditure incurred by the State, or the actual amount charged from the child, whichever is less subject to certain terms and conditions.

The RTE Act provides for monitoring and protection of rights of the child by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights and the State Commissions for Protection of Child Rights.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Smt. D. Purandeswari, in written reply to a question, in the Rajya Sabha today.