STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 16 July
The Delhi High Court today directed the Principal of a government girls’ school to admit a child who was forced by financial problems to leave her studies two years ago and was later refused admission on the ground of non-availability of seat.
Justice V K Jain disposed off the petition while asking the Principal of a Rajkiya Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya in East Delhi to give admission to 14-year-old Gauri Kumari in class 8 by 18 July.
In her petition filed through advocate Ashok Agarwal, Gauri had said she was earlier studying in Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya in Patparganj and had left her studies in 2010 when she was in class VI.
“In July 2010, her family was facing severe financial crunch due to which she had to leave her studies and she was sent to an orphanage in Haridwar by her mother where she stayed for nearly two years,” said the petition.
It added that there was no provision for education in the orphanage and her mother brought her back home and approached the school authorities for admission in class VIII, as appropriate according to her age.
“However, the Principal of the said refused her admission saying no seat was available,” said the petition.
Meanwhile, on another petition, the court issued notices to Delhi government&’s Director of Education (DoE) and Rajkiya Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya in Nangloi in west Delhi for their response by 29 July as to why three siblings were not granted admission in the school.
The court&’s order came on a petition accusing the DoE of illegally and unjustifiably denying admission to three minor girls in the Sarvodaya school.
In the petition, Mr Agarwal, had sought a direction to the Department to immediately give admission to the three girls.
The petition said refusal of admission amounted to violation of the fundamental right to education as guaranteed to the children under the Constitution and also the legal right created by the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act in a neighbourhood school. The girls were earlier studying in a private school in Bahadurgarh and had passed fifth, third and first grade in academic year 2012-2013.