The Delhi High Court has given a free hand to the government to take action against 189 schools, which have not abided by the order to reserve 15 per cent seats for students from economically weaker sections for the academic year 2009-10.
Such schools were to give free education to these students. The court was hearing a PIL filed by NGO Social Jurist through counsel Ashok Aggarwal.
The petition sought direction to the government for action against those private, unaided schools which obtained land at a concessional rates from the government with the condition that they will provide free education to poor children, for not following the lease condition.
The violator schools named in a list of 189 submitted by the government include Air Force Bal Bharati, Lodhi Road, DPS, Mathura Road, and Tagore International, East of Kailash.
The action possible can include de-recognition, take over of the management and contempt of court action.
Submitting a detailed status report before the division bench of Chief Justice AP Shah and Justice Manmohan, the Directorate of Education said that action was being taken against the schools which have not complied with the order.
“Out of 394 schools, 189 schools have failed to comply with the Court's order for 15% freeship quota,” the report said.
The department also said 183 schools have complied with the order whereas 22 schools, including Modern School on Barakhamba Road, Spring Dales, Pusa Road, and Sanskriti, Chanakyapuri, have failed to provide any information as to whether they have complied with the condition or not.
“Separate steps are being taken by the deputy director ... to issue show cause notice and take action against them for violating directions,” the department informed the court.