Kochi: The Kerala High Court today said that statutory provisions should be implemented with character and enthusiasm in order to provide at least 25 per cent seats in CBSE and ICSE schools to students of weaker sections and backward classes.

Chief Justice S.S. ) Albert K.P., of Vennala, Kochi, through lawyer AP Samal Kumar.

In this order, the court said, “It is our opinion that by reading the statutory provisions in full and by the rules laid down therein, the provision of the Child Rights Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 will be granted. First Class provides free and compulsory education to at least 25% of the strength of that class, children belonging to the underprivileged and disadvantaged group in the neighborhood and up to completion, ie up to the age of 14 years. There are provisions in the Act and regulations to ensure that such children are not discriminated against or at any disadvantage. Therefore, statutory provisions need to be implemented with character and enthusiasm. ”

The court directed the Center and State Governments to inform them whether notifications and guidelines were issued as per the conditions. Schools were asked to enter the total number of schools under the CBSE and ICSE categories. The court will consider the case again after 10 days.

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