“The promise of free education is not becoming a reality for thousands of poor students. Schools even deny admission to those with BMC letters. Thousands of parents from the economically weaker sections are facing the possibility of their children losing an academic year, with many city schools refusing them admission under the 25 per cent quota reserved for them under the Right to Education (RTE) Act.
While the schools’ reasons for doing so range from lack of funding to school-to-residence distance, to reimbursements pending with the government, families living on anything between Rs 5,000 to 10,000 per month would have to shell out tens of thousands of rupees for a child’s education, depending on the school. ”