NEW DELHI: Apprehending that the Supreme Court judgment on Right to Education (RTE) Act would hit the private schools in the country, various associations of private schools are planning to file a review petition in the apex court challenging the three-judge Bench order.
Maintaining that the judgment will have long lasting implications, Delhi State Public Schools Management Association (DSPSMA) president R C Jain said that a decision on challenging
the order would be taken soon.
“The Supreme Court judgment is totally disappointing and not acceptable. All the unaided private schools across the country are not satisfied with the judgment,” he said.
“Political parties and the government are trying to use this issue as vote bank. The government has neglected the education sector of the last 60 years and wanted to pass the buck on private schools. We will take a decision on filing the petition challenging the Supreme Court order soon. We will move a larger Bench of the Supreme Court,” Jain told Express. The Society for Unaided Private Schools in Rajasthan, the main petitioner in the Supreme Court on RTE, is also toying with the idea of challenging the apex court order on RTE.
Society president Damodar Prasad Goyal said that the Supreme Court has given a majority judgment.
“It has to be implemented. The court also recognised the fundamental rights of the private schools. However, it said that the legislation should be viewed as child-centric and not as institution-centric. We are studying the judgment to proceed further,” he told Express.