Private schools in various parts of Haryana have gone on a strike against the imposition of Rule 134-A of the Haryana Education Rules, which makes it mandatory for them to reserve 10% seats for students of economically weaker section (EWS) in Classes 2 to 12.
They are demanding that the state government follow Right to Education (RTE) Act, under which they will have to reserve 25% seats only for Class 1.
Private schools in Rohtak and Jind have declared a strike for three days while those in Rewari and Sonepat have declared an indefinite strike.
Though schools in Rohtak have decided to remain shut till May 8, a member of the Private School Welfare Association said they might extend their strike. “On Sunday, we will hold a meeting again to decide if we need to extend our strike,” Anshul Pathania, director of Pathania Public School said.
The association argued that schools that have been running on limited seats would not be able to accommodate new students in intermediate classes. For that, they said they would prefer the RTE Act instead of rule 134-A.
The schools also demand compensation at par with the Delhi government which gives Rs 1,600 per student to the school.
However, the association maintained that they would like the government to give this money to the parents of the children in form of education coupons though which the schools will remain out of the purview of the Right to Information (RTI) Act and will not have to deal with the burden of maintaining the accounts of the funds.
Schools in Hisar to remain closed
All private schools in Hisar will remain closed on Saturday to press their demands with regard to the admission to students belonging to economic weaker section (EWS) category.
This was stated by Satyawan Kundu, state president, Private Schools Federation, while addressing a press conference here on Friday.
“The Haryana government is enforcing section 134-A on the private schools. The schools are ready to give admission to the poor children but the government must also ensure Rs 2,300 voucher to each student belonging to weaker section of society so that they can get the right choice too,” said Kundu.
He said if the government failed to accept their demands, they would go on an indefinite strike.He added: “The BJP government is following the wrong policies of the previous Congress government. The Right to Education (RTE) Act should be implemented in Haryana properly, but Section 134-A should be abolished.”