Children of HIV patients Entitled to Free Education

Government is taking measures to provide free education to children of HIV patients. The Children will get the free education in private schools up to class XII under the Right of Education. Central government implement many schemes on education and helping many children to educate in schools. Recently, it unveils ‘beti padhao beti bachao’ to encourage girls to education.

Children between three and seven years are eligible to get the admission in nursery and class I for the academic year 2017-18. So far 19 children has identified by the Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART). Based on the family financial conditions, children of HIV patients can apply for free education in private schools.

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Manoj Verma, data manager, ART centre said, “Admissions will be given only in nursery and Class I. We have identified 19 children under this category and have registered them with our centre. We have informed the district magistrate and the Basic Shiksha Adhikari (BSA) about them. The last date for registering students under this category is June 19″.

Verma also mentioned, “Though many HIV patients approached us for free education for their kids in private schools, their children were above seven and hence could not be registered. The selected students will have to apply on the RTE website. If the number of applications is higher than the reserved seats, BSA will take a final call on the basis of a lottery system”.

Under the RTE Act (Right to Education) which was enacted on 4 August 2009, all private schools are required to fill 25% of seats with students belonging to economically weaker sections.

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