Private schools group-up against 25% reservation
School bodies such as Delhi Sate Public School Management (DSPSM), an association of unrecognised
private schools, and Federation of Public Schools (FPS), an association of 300 of private schools, on Thursday said
they will not follow the government directive regarding reserving 25% seats in nursery classes for students from EWS category.
The reservation of 25% seats has been made mandatory under Right to Education (RTE) Act from the 2011-12 academic session in Delhi.
The nursery admission guidelines issued by the Delhi government also reiterated the same.
DSPSM chairperson RC Jain said, "This is an attempt by the government to create a vote bank. Taking children from EWS category will mean schools may have to increase their fee, the burden of which will have to be borne by the general category students. This is not fair."
On Thursday, Delhi education minister Arvinder Singh had warned schools against denial of nursery admission to EWS children, saying
strict against will be taken against those who do not follow the rule. Six months ago Action Committee, an umbrella
organisation of all the various school bodies comprising 1,950 unaided recognised schools in the city, had filed a petition against the reservation for EWS under the RTE Act.
They had said the act undermines the autonomy of the schools, earlier granted under the TMA Pai judgment.
But on Friday SL Jain, senior vice-president, Action Committee, and principal of Mahavir Jain Senior Secondary School, said, "Though we have filed a petition in the court, the hearing is yet to take place. Till then we will follow the RTE
Act and grant reservation to EWS students. All schools should respect the law of the land and act accordingly."
School bodies such as National Progressive School Conference (NPSC), an organisation with about 110 leading private schools, have also condemned the statement made by DSPSM and FPS.
"We condemn such irresponsible and insensitive statements made by school bodies. We categorically state that we have nothing to do with it and will follow the RTE Act completely," said Goldy Malhotra, chairperson, NPSC, and principal of Modern School, Vasant Vihar.
"Does being poor mean that you are only entitled to poor education? Reservation
will ensure that the education system is equitable and even the poor can access good education," said Ameeta Wattal, secretary, NPSC, and principal of Springdales School, Pusa Road.
Unaided public schools in the city had expressed their dissatisfaction about the amount of money being reimbursed by the government to them for EWS category.
Though an official circular is awaited on the amount to be reimbursed, the education minister had indicated that it will be anything between Rs 1,000-Rs 1,300 per child, which the said schools claimed was too less.
Karnataka Animal Husbandry Minister Prabhu B Chavan appealed to people not to sacrifice cattle for the Bakrid festival while warning of stern action against the offenders. The Minister emphasised the Cow Slaughter Prohibition Act has already been in force in Karnataka. Generally, during the Bakrid festival, there is a tradition of sacrifice, for which livestock such as cow, ox, calf and camels are also used, said Chavan.
Chandigarh Chandigarh administrator Banwarilal Purohit on Wednesday gave in-principle approval for a synthetic running track at Sukhna Lake. UT adviser Dharam Pal, said, “The Chandigarh Heritage Conservation Committee had earlier given its go-ahead for the proposal. Next, the detailed plan and cost estimates will be prepared; and then, tenders will be floated for the project.” A UT official said the proposed track is part of the administration's efforts to give Sukhna Lake a major facelift.
The National Highway Authority of India has approved two over-bridges, which are likely to reduce travel time between Kalka and Zirakpur and alleviate traffic jams on the stretch by next year. NHAI has already floated tenders for the 60-m wide over-bridges, which will be constructed at a cost of ₹50 crore. It has invited bids for the “construction and site improvement of the four-lane national highway (NH-22) on the Zirakpur-Parwanoo junction.”
Fifteen students had a narrow escape after their school bus skidded into a waterlogged open drain in Daulat Singhwala village in Phabat area of Zirakpur. The bus, which was ferrying students of Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, Panchkula, was making way for another school bus when it skidded into the overflowing drain. The bus tilted in the drain, but passersby and parents were able to rescue the children through the driver's window.
Tricity residents woke up to heavy rainfall for the second time this month on Wednesday. Three people went missing after a taxi, shuttling two commuters, was swept away in a flashflood in the Patiala-Ki-Rao rivulet as the driver attempted to cross the causeway in Tanda Village near Nayagaon. The owner of the vehicle, Rakesh Kumar told the police that Gaurav had called him saying two people, travelling to Baddi, had booked his cab.