Mercedes-Benz International School, Pune

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Swati Deshpande Aug 26 2016 : The Times of India (Delhi) IB school says it does not come under RTE The school run by Mercedes-Benz Education Academy was established in 1998 and has 280 students studying across primary , medium and diploma sections from ages 6 to 18. In conventional schools, it would be the equivalent to standards one to 12. It is Pune's first International Baccalaureate (IB) school.

Senior counsel for Mercedes-Benz International School Milind Sathe said the school in Pune had its own curriculum and syllabus, and over 60% of its students were chil dren of expats and the other 40% were locals who wished to go abroad for further studies.“This is globalisation,“ said Sathe, when Chief Justice Chellur asked how a Swiss academy was setting up school “on our land, using our resources“.

Does the school not come under RTE?

Its counsel told Bombay high court that it was not a “school“, it had no links to the Indian educational system and thus it did not come under the ambit of the Right to Education (RTE) Act.

The assertion led to a bench headed by Chief Justice Manjula Chellur to ask who the school was then answerable to and “how does it help the Indian economy“.

Mercedes-Benz International School, through senior counsel Milind Sathe, said RTE applied only to elementary education in “recognised schools“. Under RTE, every school has to admit 25% students from local areas at low fees. “But this is a standalone academy recognised by the IB Organisation in Switzerland. The school gives a disclaimer that it is not recognised or affiliated to any board or university in India and hence cannot be subject to RTE,“ Sathe argued. Granting of recognition by the state authorities makes all students in such schools eligible for transfers and cross-admissions to other schools and for admission to higher education.

The Chief Justice asked the state to inform them how the RTE Act is applicable while remarking that “otherwise, everyone in order to get out of the purview of RTE may set up a school...“

See also

International Baccalaureate (IB), India

Several Indpaedia pages have details about RTE, especially

School education: India

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