Children with any kind of disability may now be entitled to reservation in admission in private schools in the neighbourhood. The Union cabinet in a remarkable move has approved introduction of a Bill in Parliament to amend the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 for the purpose. The amendment to the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act also aims at changing the mandate of school management committees constituted under the Act for aided minority institutions. The Act provides for free and compulsory education as a fundamental right of every child in the 6-14 age bracket and earmarks 25% seats to children from “economically weaker sections and disadvantaged groups” in private schools. The amendment to the Act aims at including children with disabilities within the meaning of “children belonging to disadvantaged group. The amendment also aims at widening the definition of disabled children, who have been ensured right to pursue free and compulsory elementary education. The government decided to amend the Act, keeping in view the demand of groups working for disabled children. These groups have been putting pressure on the government to ensure that all types of disabled children are covered by the Act. The amendment will also take care of concerns raised by certain minority groups that provisions regarding the management committee under the Act are inconsistent with Article 30 of the Constitutions.

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