At least 25% of the total seats in every school would be reserved for kids falling under the 'disadvantaged groups' and it has been made mandatory for the government as well as private educational institutes to provide them education free of cost.
As per a Uttar Pradesh government order circulated by secretary (basic education) H L Gupta to all the district magistrates and director, basic education, the students will receive free of cost elementary education under RTE Act.Additional director (basic) Ramesh Tiwari said, "Till now transgender kids were not being recognized under RTE Act by schools but from this session onwards all such children will be provided free of cost education up to class VIII." He said private schools in the district also have to reserve the seats for third gender kids under RTE category.
The process of admission will start from July 1 onwards with the opening of the schools after summer vacation. It will ensure that the kids are admitted by all the government schools." Moreover, the parents are also bound to send their kids up to 14 years of age to schools. The parents have to obtain certificates from the competent authorities for the same.
Under the RTE Act, children belonging to socially and educationally backward class, Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and those facing backwardness due to cultural, geographic, economic, linguistic among other factors are placed under disadvantaged group. Besides, mentally and physically challenged children are also the beneficiaries of free education in special schools. Now, the state government has added transgender kids under the gamut of RTE beneficiaries.