Delhi HC asks private unaided schools to admit poor students

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - 21:00

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday
directed some private un-aided schools of the city to comply
with its previous order of giving admission to students from
weak financial backgrounds.

A Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Madan B Lokur
and Justice Mukta Gupta said the interim order would continue
and asked Frank Anthony school, Indian School and Modern
School to reserve 10+5 per cent quota for the children from
Economic Weaker Section (EWS) at the time of admission.
In case of failure to comply with the order, the
schools have to give 20 per cent instead of 15 per cent out of
their total number of seats for the poor children, the Bench
said.

Besides, the Directorate of Education of Delhi
government, the schools were also asked to file an affidavit
by April 3 stating how they will fill the quota for the
academic session 2010-2011.

The direction came on a petition filed by Social
Jurists, an NGO, through counsel Ashok Aggarwal alleging that
the city`s majority private schools have complied with the
court order but a few of them were yet to do so.
According to the counsel, the schools were allotted
public land on concessional rates on condition that they would
also admit students from economically-weaker sections.

Ashok Aggarwal, counsel for Social Jurist, said there
were complaints that some schools do not issue admission forms
to parents who are poor.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - 21:00

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