Only 47% students cleared the test for admission to private schools under the economically weaker section (EWS) quota for children of below poverty line (BPL) families, as mandated in Section 134 A of Haryana School Education Rules, 2003. Of the total 459 applicants, 397 students took the test, and 189 passed.
Students have to secure 55% marks in the test to be eligible for admissions under EWS quota in private schools. Parents have been protesting this condition and demanding its removal.
“The parents were left angered with the results that came out on Tuesday evening,” said advocate Ramphal Sheoran, legal advisor of Haryana Abhibhavak Ekta Manch, a front contesting fee hikes in private schools.
“Around 50 students qualified for class two and 77 for class three. These are the highest number of students to have qualified for a class. For all other classes, not more than 15 students made it. Only seven students have qualified for class eight. These figures are disheartening,” he said.
He added that agitated parents wanted to see the answer sheets of their children, but were not allowed to do so.
“I have been doing the rounds of the district education office for the last three years and now I want my child to go to a good school. But when I asked officials to show me his answer sheet, they refused,” said Vicky Sharma, a distressed parent.
Parents whose children have cleared the test are expected to receive the admission papers on Thursday and the admission process is expected to start on Friday.
Neelam Bhandari, district education officer, did not respond to requests for comment on the matter.