Mandatory for pvt schools to reserve seats for EWS: Delhi CM

Last Updated: Monday, January 24, 2011 - 16:34

New Delhi: The Delhi government on Monday reaffirmed that private schools will have to follow the
guidelines for reserving 25 per cent of total nursery seats
for economically weaker section and will act if complaints
about non-compliance are brought before it.

"It is mandatory for the schools to follow the provision
for reserving seats for EWS students," Chief Minister Sheila
Dikshit told reporters adding, if schools do not comply with
the guidelines, it will be taken seriously by the government.

When it was pointed out that complaints are coming up
about some schools not following the order, she said such
instances could be brought to the notice of the education
department or the minister concerned for redress.

Earlier on January 20, Education Minister Arvinder Singh
Lovely had said the government will not hesitate to
derecognise any private school if it finds that the directives
are not being followed.

The government is giving an assistance in the range of Rs
1,000 to Rs 1,300 per EWS child monthly to the schools for
providing education. Apart from that, it will also give the
EWS children books and uniform.

Some private schools in the city have refused to abide by
the government directive in reserving the seats claiming that
the provision of RTE cannot be enforced on them.

The RTE law making education a fundamental right of every
child in the 6-14 age group came into force on April one last
year making it obligatory on the part of state governments and
local bodies to ensure that every child got education in an
neighbourhood school.

PTI



First Published: Monday, January 24, 2011 - 16:34

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