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The first of its kind ‘RTE Roundtable’ was organised on 12 November, 2014, in Lucknow, for dialogue exchange among education stakeholders on RTE challenges related to administration and implementation in Uttar Pradesh.

RightWalk Foundation organized the unique education event to allow deliberation session among private schools, civil societies, educationists and government officials on RTE Section 12.1.C implementation. Recommendations for amendment of GO dated 03 Dec 2012 was also brought under the discussion ambit.

Section 12.1.C of Right to Education Act legally binds all private schools in India to reserve 25% of their seats at class I or pre-primary level for students from Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) and Disadvantaged Groups (DG). The provision is applicable till class 8 and participant school is provided government reimbursement.

The roundtable was a necessity for RTE awareness- from implementation side; the RTE seat allotment was dull. As per official records, only 54 out of 6,00,000 potential seats were filled in 2014. The next year 2015 reflected the same figure. The issue was brought to light by RWF Director Samina Bano’s leadership triggering multiple rounds of discussions and meetings.

Distinctive role of civil societies, organizations and thought leaders to advocate for policy amendment and implementation facility were also included in discussion. Post event, the received and agreed recommendations were compiled and presented to the Uttar Pradesh government along with a detailed implementation plan.

The roundtable was attended by UNICEF, Centre For Civil Society, Central Square Foundation, Accountability Initiative, IIM Ahmadabad, City Montessori School, Budget Private School (NISA), Nehru Yuva Kendra, KGBPV, BGVS, Pari, OXFAM, SCORE, LOK MITRA, SCORE, and several government officials.