Monday, August 16, 2021

ஏழை மாணவர்களுக்கு கிறிஸ்தவப் பள்ளிகளில் சீட்டு கொடுக்காமல் சர்ச்சுகள் 2500 கோடி லாபம்

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By  Sumi Sukanya DuttaExpress News Service Since these schools are exempt from providing
 admission to children from the disadvantaged  or weaker sections, they are saving on
 expenditure equivalent to 25% of total children.

Published: 12th August 2021 03:21 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th August 2021 08:16 AM
NEW DELHI: Nearly 13,000 schools in India, run by Christian organisations, may be saving over 
Rs 2,500 crore every year by not offering admission to students from the economically weaker
 section (EWS), as mandated by the Right to Education Act, the country’s apex child rights body 
has estimated.  
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) is using the estimate to build
 its case for bringing minority institutions under the ambit of the Act, which makes it mandatory
 for all unaided schools to admit EWS students at the primary level. 
A report prepared by the NCPCR and accessed by this newspaper says that as per the
 Household Social Consumption on Education in India for 2017-18, the average expenditure per
 student for pursuing general courses in private unaided institutions was Rs 18,267.
Considering that the number of children in about 12,904 Christian minority schools spread 
across India as per its study on minority education is 54,86,884, it means that these schools
 earn Rs 10,022.89 crore from the students. 
Since these schools are exempt from providing admission to children from the disadvantaged 
or weaker sections, they are saving on expenditure equivalent to 25% of total children, which
 comes to Rs 2,505.72 crore, the report has concluded.
“We feel it is urgently required to amend the laws and open these schools for EWS students 
as while being projected as minority schools, they are mainly catering to elite class students 
of non-Christian categories,” said NCPCR chairman Priyank Kanoongo.
The report said Christian schools have 74.01% of the student population belonging to the
 non-Christian community and in several states this figure is as high as 80%.
Cater to just eight percent of minority population
Overall, minority schools cater to less than 8% of the minority population. But in Tamil Nadu, 
Maharashtra and Meghalaya, such schools cater to more than 30% of the minority population.

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