Social body protests 15% cut in private school reservation

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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  • Updated: Jul 08, 2013 20:58 IST

Members of a social organisation on Monday staged a protest against the Haryana government's decision to introduce a 15% cut in admission quota in private schools for students belonging to economically weaker section (EWS) near Haryana Raj Bhawan, and submitted a memorandum to governor Jagannath Pahadia.

Interacting with mediapersons, the convenor of 'Do Jama Panch Mudde Janandolan' (a mass movement for two plus five objectives) Satvir Singh Hooda said that 25% reservation in private schools had been provided under Rule 134 (A) of the Haryana School Education Rules, 2009, framed under the provisions of the Haryana School Education Act, 1995.

Accusing the state government of safeguarding the interests of private schools, the activists said that by issuing the notification, the government had taken a contrary stand to an affidavit filed in the Punjab and Haryana high court on August 23, 2012, in which it had submitted its commitment to ensuring 25% reservation for poor students in private schools.

He also alleged that the government's decision to "snatch away the right of poor students to education" was illegal as it had been upheld by the Supreme Court, and threatened to intensify the agitation.

 

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