TC not mandatory for admission to classes appropriate to student's age: HC

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Kochi: The high court has stated that transfer certificate (TC) is not mandatory for admission of students to classes appropriate to their age to pursue elementary education. The directive was issued by Justice Raja Vijayaraghavan. The petition in this regard was filed by 17 students after they were denied admission in Palakkad Puthukode SJ High School.

According to section 4 of the Right to Education Act, 2009, TC is not mandatory for admission of school students to classes appropriate to their age. The law also directs that such students should be given special training in order to be on par with other students. The state government has legislated a special rule that they should be given a three-month training, the court pointed out.

Though the Kerala Education Act directs that admission should not be given to any class other than first standard without TC, the Constitution proposes that free and compulsory elementary education should be provided to children aged between 6-14 years. So, the petitioners should be given admission without TC, the court directed.

The students of class 5 at Kottassery ALP School have pointed out in their petition that their school was closed down due to Covid outbreak. Then they completed 5th and 6th standards at home. When they approached Puthukode SJHS for admission to class 7, they were asked to produce TC. As there were classes till 5th standard in Kottassery ALP School, the head teacher refused to issue a TC showing they completed class 6. With this, the students approached the court.

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