The Punjab and Haryana high court has directed the Haryana government to ensure implementation of Rule 134-A of the Haryana School Education Rules, which says that 10% students would be admitted by recognised private schools under the economically weaker sections (EWS) quota on the schools' own expenses.
The court, while disposing of a public interest litigation filed by advocate Satbir Hooda, also directed the state government to reconstitute district-level committees to ensure implementation of the Right To Education (RTE) Act by including non-governmental organisations and some social workers. The court also said that it expected all schools to fill vacant posts of teachers to maintain teacher-pupil ratio as per the rules.
When recognised private schools stated that the state government should reimburse the fee of 10% EWS students being admitted by them, the court said schools were at liberty to challenge Haryana's rules.
Under the amended rule, recognised private schools have to reserve 10% seats for meritorious EWS students. Guidelines of the RTE Act say 25% seats should be reserved for EWS students.
The petitioner had sought enforcement of Rule 134-A and for taking action against recognised private schools, which were failing to comply with the mandate of the rules.
Hooda had submitted that it was arbitrary on the part of the state government to reduce the EWS quota in private schools from 25% to 10%. He had informed the court that there were many cases in the state where EWS students were not getting admission in private schools.