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HRD affidavit leaves EWS parents in lurch

chandigarh Updated: Feb 17, 2013 09:48 IST
Eileen Singh

After the human resource development ministry on Wednesday submitted an affidavit in the Delhi high court clarifying that the Right to Education Act does not apply to nursery classes, parents belonging to the economically weaker sections (EWS) of the society are in a fix.

The ministry filed the affidavit with regard to nursery admissions in private unaided schools.

Private schools in the city have raised a moot point: in the wake of the abovementioned clarification by the HRD ministry, the UT education department should revise the rules also.
Meanwhile, the parents who had applied for admission of their children to private schools at the entry level are confused.

"If the RTE Act is not applicable from the entry level, then how would our child study? The entry-level admission fee is quite expensive; if we admit a child in school, then we will have to pay. Moreover, if we do not admit our child in school, then no school will accept our child in Class 1 in future," said Renuka Devi, a resident of the Bapu Dham Colony.

President of Independent Schools Association, HS Mamik, said, "It has been declared by the HRD ministry that the RTE is applicable from the age of 6 years, and from Class 1. We need to look into this issue with utmost urgency and gravity."

Meanwhile, all the EWS admissions have been put on hold as the administration has yet ont decided on the reimbursement of fee under the act. The schools allege that they have not received the reimbursement for the last two years.

Parents have asked the private schools and the administration to look into the issue. According to sources in the education department, officials are awaiting written orders from Delhi to arrive before taking any steps on the issue.