MGIS complies with the policy for children in municipal schools: AMC school board

The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) City School Board argued in the Gujarat High Court (HC) that the city’s Mahatma Gandhi International School (MGIS) had complied with the condition to reserve 20% seats for children in municipal schools. schools and that “almost all” of the students recommended by the board were admitted.

The Aug. 5 affidavit was filed in response to a public interest litigation (PIL) allegation that the school failed to meet the terms of reserving places for free education. The PIL, scheduled for hearing on Monday, was adjourned because the claimant’s lawyer tested positive for Covid-19.

In the affidavit, the City School Board also indicated that for the current school year, the City School Board would attempt to “recommend children” to study under the Signal School Project. The project was launched jointly by the Gujarat State Legal Services Authority and AMC to provide basic education to child beggars, in buses converted into classrooms, parked near traffic lights.

According to the council, for the current school year, MGIS has indicated the availability of seven reserved places and two pupils have been recommended by the district education officer under the RTE Act, while three pupils have been recommended by the municipal school board. For the remaining seats, children studying in Signal School Project will be considered.

Meanwhile, in an affidavit filed Aug. 3, MGIS said the 20% reservation is at the “point of entry only” and “as a matter of policy, (the school) refrains from admitting students from the disadvantaged section beyond class 5 as it would be very difficult for such a child who studied in a municipal school in the vernacular to cope with the academic rigors of the International School Board at upper primary level”.

The Gujarat High Court is expected to hear the case on October 10.

Melissa C. Keyes