No right to education
It is a sorry tale when parents are not able to admit their 8-year-old kid Jia to an English medium school ostensibly because of the occupation of the parents. The parents Karamjeet & Heena are janitors and the age old regressive attitude of looking down on certain professions continues to haunt them. The parents had hope when Vishal Vaibhav (a media firm employee) promised to take care of the kid’s educational expenses and that hope has started to fade away as they are continuously being rejected by various schools citing Jia Dhulgaj won’t be able to cope with the demands of English medium schools.
Despite the indifference shown, the parents are not giving up yet; they are determined to give Jia quality education which they themselves could not avail.
“Jia is currently studying in Gurukul School at Nalasopara. She lives with her grandmother who is 85 years old and is not able to look after her. This is one reason why we want to bring her to live with us. Also, we do not want to compromise on her education, we are ready to work relentlessly to pay for her expenses,” said Karamjeet (DNA
Jia’s mother said “
I do not want them to end up working like we do. I am worried about my younger son, Arush, who will have to be admitted to nursery in a year or so. Owing to our poor living conditions, I fear he will not be taken in a good school either,” (DNA
By law and through social media
Vishal had tried to use the social media, he tweeted to the State’s Education Minister Vinod Tawde and the Chief Minister. Despite the effort, he could only reach the PR person of the Chief minister without much of a consequence. Vishal tried to use the Right to Education Act to secure admission. However, he was told that the Act was applicable only if the child were to be admitted to first standard, not Standard 3, reports DNA.
The Logical Indian pleads to the Maharashtra government to take cognizance of the situation and ensure that Jia gets admitted into a school of their choice given the amount of time lost due to unfair reasons. It is despicable that even as India moves towards a knowledge-based economy and having implemented the Right To Education, parents and children still have to go through such injustice to merely admit their children to a school.