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Students, teachers debate merits of quota

The proposed reservation without factoring in their economic status does not seem to find favour with Delhi school principals, parents and students.

india Updated: Apr 11, 2006 17:26 IST

The 27 per cent reservation for other backward classes (OBCs) without factoring in their economic status does not seem to find favour with Delhi school principals, parents and students. For students graduating from school this year, the proposal is unsettling.

Many feel that this will make the already bad student-seat ratio worse, others say the move will seriously compromise merit. "I don't know which of my classmates is an SC or an ST, nor do I care. These students are not discriminated against, then why reservation for them? People anyway get fake caste certificates to get admission. This move will only create further divisions in our society and increase pressure on students.

"Why should a student from an affluent family get the benefit of reservation just because he belongs to a certain caste. One can give concessions for first generation learners, but otherwise merit should be the deciding factor," said Sanskriti School principal Gouri Ishwaran.

The principals' concern was also reflected by parents, who felt the new reservations would mean increased pressure on their children. "Reserving almost 50% seats will leave general category students nowhere. Their chances have been is reduced by half," said Anuradha Ahuja, a parent.