At least 14 students who had been admitted to a private school in Delhi under the EWS quota, have been asked to pay dues of over Rs 67,000 for the first term of this academic year to continue their education even in as Delhi government. Officials said they are looking into the matter.
According to the provisions of the Right to Education Act 2009, all private schools in Delhi are required to reserve 25% of places for students from Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and Disadvantaged Groups (DG) during admissions at the entry level, and to provide them with compulsory free education.
Indian Parents Association (AIPA) Chairman Ashok Agarwal has issued a legal notice to the Modern School, Barakhamba Road, in this regard. There was no response to calls and text messages from the school administration.
Delhi government officials have said they will look into the matter, saying schools established on public land have an obligation to admit pupils in the EWS and DG categories and provide them with free education.
“The students have been admitted in the EWS and DG category and they have appeared for the Class 10 CBSE exam in the 2021-22 academic year and are awaiting their results. These students were admitted to nursery class and since then they have been studying for free in the EWS and DG category. These students have now been requested to pay dues of Rs 67,835 for the first term of class 11 to continue their education or obtain a school leaving certificate,” Agarwal said.
“Schools located on public land have an obligation and they are not authorized to charge fees to pupils in the EWS and DG categories. We are looking into it,” a senior education director said.
With entries from PTI.
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