New Delhi: Sending a strong message, Delhi
Government on Thursday said any private school refusing to reserve
25 per cent of total nursery seats for economically weaker
section (EWS) under provisions of Right to Education Act may
Commenting on reports that some private schools have
refused to reserve seats for EWS children, Education Minister
Arvinder Singh Lovely said government would come down hard on
any school found flouting prescribed guidelines.
"We will not hesitate to derecognise any private school
if we find that government directives are not followed. There
is provision in the Right to Education Act even to prosecute
the violators for criminal offences," Lovely told reporters.
He was replying to a question on what kind of punitive
action government may take if any school does not reserve 25
per cent of the total seats for EWS children.
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, when asked about it, said
all the schools have to provide 25 per cent of the seats for
children from EWS and non-compliance of the order will be
taken seriously by the government.
"If the private schools are facing any problem, we are
ready to resolve these through talks. But they will have to
comply with the guidelines," Dikshit added.
The Education Minister said government would give an
assistance in the range of Rs 1,200 to Rs 1,500 per EWS child
monthly to the schools for providing education.
"Apart from that, we will also give the EWS children
books and uniform. The private schools should not have any
problem as they will be compensated," said Lovely.
He said the yearly financial implication on government
for compensating the schools will be around Rs one crore.
Expressing strong resolve of the government to ensure
full compliance of RTE provisions, Lovely said non-compliance
of the law will invite strict punitive action.
"We are very serious about implementing the Act and
non-compliance would not be tolerated," said Lovely.
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 age group of six to 14 years had come into
force on April one. It makes it obligatory on the part of the
state governments and local bodies to ensure that every
child gets education in a school in the neighbourhood.
Asked whether government has received any complaints
against any school, Lovely said complaints against 15 schools
were received and they were mostly related to "discriminatory
"Following government intervention, schools have removed
the criteria for which complaints were filed," he said.