Petitioner seeks to redefine what constitutes EWS category

Seeking directions to the private schools to ensure that students belonging to the economically weaker section are admitted in each and every class and not only at the entry level.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:May 4, 2012 1:47 am

Seeking directions to the private schools to ensure that students belonging to the economically weaker section (EWS) are admitted in each and every class and not only at the entry level. Social activist Hemant Goswami,filed a petition and moved the High Court against private schools and UT Administration on account of non-admission of students belonging to EWS category. The petitioner has sought re-definition of EWS.

Goswami,On Thursday submitted that “by denying admission to students belonging to EWS in each and every class and by redefining the criteria of EWS to an income level of Rs 2 lakh per annum amounts to indirectly denying the constitutional,statutory and contractual obligations by the state and the schools. Such an act is sure to defeat the intention and spirit of the said provision. Under no circumstances the income level of EWS should be pegged at a higher level than the minimum wages as per the DC rates,which being about Rs 6,000 per month (or Rs 72,000 per annum)”.

The application further reads “in Chandigarh there is no denying the fact that the schools have failed to full-fill their obligation and have not given admission to the desired number of EWS students as was their obligation. For example,if a school has strength of 1000 then it is under obligation to teach 150 students belonging to EWS category,which are required to be evenly spread across all the classes. So if the school admits 150 students from the general pool instead of the EWS category the school wrongfully profits by the fee of those 150 students”.

The petitioner has submitted that “all the private schools are under clear statutory and contractual obligation to admit,teach and provide free education to at-least 15 per cent of the total strength of students belonging to EWS category. This is required to be evenly spread across all the section and classes in the school from the basic entry level class to the last class or Class 12. The land was allotted to schools only as per the policy and only when the schools agreed to follow the scheme,rules and regulations. The Schools can not go back on their contractual and statutory obligations at this stage”.

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