The district education department has asked all schools across the city, including those affiliated to the ICSE and CBSE boards, to put up details on vacancies for students from the economically weaker sections (EWS) on their websites, notice boards and the Management Information System, the official education portal of the Haryana government, by March 20.
The director, secondary education, Panchkula, had written to all the district education departments of the state to schedule the admission of students from EWS and BPL categories to classes 9-12 at private schools for the academic session 2017-’18.
The private schools were also directed to charge the same fees from these students as are being charged by government schools.
In a circular issued earlier in February, Neelam Bhandari, Gurgaon’s district education officer (DEO), had directed all private, unaided schools to furnish information on the seats reserved for students from the weaker sections and disadvantaged groups (DGs).
The circular had also asked the schools to reserve 25% of their total declared seats for EWS/DG students at all classes, including pre-school, pre-primary and class 1 during admissions for academic session 2017-’18.
“We have asked all the schools to ensure they display the EWA vacancies on their school notice boards and respective web portals for the benefit of those seeking admission in that category. Often, the parents approach us and we are unable to advise them as we don’t have access to such details. Hence, we have asked all schools to upload information related to the vacancies on their websites and the MIS,” Bhandari said.
The online module for providing information regarding the number of students admitted and the number of vacancies for the session 2017-’18 in each class under rule 134-A of Haryana School Education Rules - 2003 has been upgraded and made ready for use by all private recognised schools.
“Once the information is up on the MIS portal (hryedumis.gov), it could be accessed through the link available on the department’s website,” Bhandari said.
The directive came in the wake of concerns over the non-admission of EWS students owing to lack of data provided by the private schools.
As per Section12(1)(c) of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act,2009, every recognized private school imparting elementary education and even if unaided, has to admit boys and girls from disadvantaged groups.
As per the guidelines, all schools, both aided and unaided, have to set aside 25 per cent of the total declared seats for children from the EWS and disadvantaged groups.