Children Of HIV Positive Patients To Get Free Education Till Class 12

As per the Right to Education (RTE), all those children whose parents are HIV positive will be authorised to free education in private schools up to class 12. As per the reports, till now 19 children have been identified in this category by the anti-retroviral therapy (ART) centre in Bareilly.

Three and seven years children will be given admissions in nursery and class 1 from this academic year (2017-18).

According to the officials, children of HIV positive people can now apply for free education in private schools, irrespective of their family’s financial condition. But, only kids between three and seven years will be eligible for an admission.

“Admissions will be given only in nursery and class 1. About 19 children have been identified under this category and we 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 2017,” said Manoj Verma, data manager, ART centre.

Verma told the reporters, “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.”

He added that the selected students will have to apply on the RTE website. If the applications are greater in  number than the reserved seats, then BSA will take final call on the basis of a lottery system.

All private schools are required to fill 25 per cent seats with students belonging to economically weaker section, under the RTE Act.