The government has decided to include children of manual scavenger under the disadvantage group for facilitating their education in private unaided schools.
“The management of private unaided schools will admit such children within 15 per cent of seats earmarked for children belonging to the disadvantaged group. They will also prepare plan for such children with regard to their coverage in special training,” said School and Mass Education Department in a notification.
According to interim status report on survey of manual scavengers, so far, 1,243 have reported as manual scavenger engaged in cleaning of sanitary latrines in 79 urban local bodies of the State.
About 24 ULBs out of total 103 ULBs are yet to report on presence of manual scavengers in their jurisdiction.
The persons engaged in cleaning operation at railway tracks, septic tanks, and open drains will be treated as manual scavengers.
The procedure of admission of children belonging to weaker sections and disadvantaged groups to the extent of 25 per cent of strength of Class I of private unaided schools in accordance with the provisions under Section 12 (1) (C ) of Right To Education Act has been communicated to management of private schools. [This Hindu]