The Chandigarh education department has geared up to strictly monitor the nursery admission process of the private schools to ensure that 25% seats are offered to the students from economically weaker society (EWS) in accordance with the Right to Education (RTE) Act this time.
A few schools have already released admission forms and others are all set to display the information related to admissions on Monday.
Talking to HT on Saturday, DPI (schools) Rubinderjit Singh Brar said the schools not admitting students as per the EWS quota would not be spared during entry-level admissions. Strict action would be taken, he said.
Considering the submissions by various schools before the assistant estate officer two months ago that that they did not find EWS children at the time of admissions, Brar said each of them would be closely looked into for the 2016-17 admission procedure. Confirming the same, the DPI also shared that the department would issue fresh guidelines to the local private schools in this regard.
Meanwhile, a total of 18 schools have received minority status, and the case of three more schools is under consideration including Vivek High School, Sector 38; St Stephen’s, Sector 45, and Sri Guru Harkrishan Senior Secondary Public School, Sector 40. Of these, nearly seven schools sought minority status after the directions were issued that minority schools are not bound to admit 25% students from economically weaker section under the RTE Act.
The Supreme Court in 2014 had ruled that the unaided minority schools cannot be mandated under the Right to Education (RTE) to reserve 25% seats for the EWS students. Commenting on the same, deputy director, school education, Chanchal Singh said the schools who claim they are minority are still bound to admit students under EWS quota as per the land allotment scheme, which officials will keep a tab on during the admission procedure. “Therefore, institutions like Vivek High School whose case is still pending with the minority commission cannot do away with admitting children under the EWS category,” he added.
The name of any such school found violating the norms would be forwarded to the estate office which has already issued notice to 27 schools for not admitting children under the EWS quota.
Reimbursement for EWS
Meanwhile, the department would also start the reimbursement process to private schools for expenditure incurred while filling seats under the EWS. Confirming the same, DPI said it would take a month but the process will be initiated parallel to the admissions. The per child expenditure governed by the state and the per child expenditure governed by the school, whichever is lesser will be reimbursed as per Section 12 (1) (c) of the RTE,” confirmed a senior official of the education department.