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Schools say aid for EWS too little, demand more

delhi Updated: Apr 21, 2012 02:45 IST
Shaswati Das
Shaswati Das
Hindustan Times

Private schools in the Capital have decided to put their foot down against the sum offered as compensation for admission of students from Economically Weaker Sections (EWS).

In a meeting chaired by the Delhi Chief minister and attended by five major school associations and state education minister Arvinder Singh, private schools on Friday argued that the compensation being offered for EWS admissions under the Right to Education (RTE) Act 2009 was paltry and required a revision.

"We feel that the amount given to us (Rs1,190 per child) as per the RTE is very less to meet the costs of uniform, textbooks and tuition," said Ameeta Wattal, vice chairperson, National Progressive Schools Conference (NPSC).

Delhi government officials claimed that the funds seemed insufficient since these schools were spending a lot more on teachers' salaries as opposed to government schools in the city.

"Government schools have a teacher-student ratio of 1:60 while private unaided schools have a ratio of 1:30. So these private schools say since they employ more teachers than government schools, they should be correspondingly compensated," said an official.

At the meeting, chief minister Shiela Dikshit asked these private schools to submit their complaints and grievances in writing.

"We have asked the schools to give us in writing whatever problems we have. We will deliberate upon them after that," she said.

While the Supreme Court had asked schools to implement in full force the RTE Act 2009, schools claimed that the amount sanctioned by the Delhi government to meet the costs of EWS admissions was insufficient.

However, it was also decided that 8000 EWS seats that had been left vacant in schools across the national Capital would now be filled through rigorous advertisements.

The education minister said these were not schools that had defaulted deliberately but instead no one had come forward to fill these seats as there were hardly any slums in the locality of these schools.