New Delhi: A day after allowing private
schools to frame their own guidelines for nursery admission,
Delhi Government on Thursday warned them against hiking fee on the
pretext of providing free education to 25 per cent of total
students belonging to Economically Weaker Sections (EWS).
As per provision of the RTE Act, all the schools have
to reserve 25 per cent of their total seats for EWS and the
city government has already announced that the private schools
will be financially compensated by it for providing education
to the poor children.
At a meeting of the representatives of private
schools, Delhi Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely warned
them against hiking the fee. Several city schools had
indicated that they would increase the school fee to
compensate the cost for admitting the EWS children.
"We will not allow any school to hike fee," Lovely
Lovely said till last year those schools which took
government land had to keep 15 per cent seats for EWS students
but now they have to increase it by 10 per cent more for which
education department will bear the cost.
He said students from families whose annual income
does not cross Rs one lakh will be eligible for admission
under EWS category.
Government will provide financial compensation for all
25 per cent students to those private schools which are not
built on government land.
"We are working out on the finer details for the
financial package for the private schools," he said.
Delhi government yesterday had come out with broad
guidelines for admission to nursery classes virtually giving
almost total leeway to private schools to set their own
criteria for the enrolment of children.