The Delhi High Court has sought the Delhi government’s reply on a PIL accusing it of not taking action against private schools not reserving seats for students of economically weaker sections.
The schools have been accused of violating the Right to Education (RTE) Act. A bench of Acting Chief Justice AK Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw issued a notice to the Delhi government and its Directorate of Education and sought their replies by December 21.
The bench also sought a report from the government about the steps taken by it to monitor the implementation of the RTE Act.
Ashok Aggarwal, the lawyer for petitioner NGO Social Jurist submitted that many schools have deliberately reduced the number of seats at entry level classes. He claimed that the schools have devised this ploy to admit a negligible number of poor children, defeating the objective of the RTE Act and the government has failed to take any action against the erring schools.