Playschools operating on Delhi Development Authority (DDA) land may soon have to reserve 20% seats for students belonging to economically weaker sections (EWS) on the lines of private schools in the city.
According to a source, the Directorate of Education has already prepared the circular and will soon notify the authorities concerned. Playschools will have to comply with the order from the next academic session.
There are about 400 playschools currently on DDA land in the city on whom the order will apply.
The decision of the government is in compliance with the Delhi high court order of November 24, 2014 which sought 25% EWS reservation for children in all private unaided schools, including playschools on DDA land.
However, the government at the moment has decided to go with 20% EWS reservation only.
“This is a welcome step on the part of the government as it would provide children from slums access to playschools and benefit from the scheme,” said Khagesh Jha, a member of Social Jurists, an NGO which works for Right to Education. Jha was also the petitioner in the 2014 case.