Private schools,UT spar over fee reimbursement for EWS students

The UT Administration and private schools are at loggerheads over reimbursement to be paid to schools for admitting children belonging to the economically weaker sections as per the provisions of the Right to Education Act.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: January 6, 2012 1:53 am

The UT Administration and private schools are at loggerheads over reimbursement to be paid to schools for admitting children belonging to the economically weaker sections as per the provisions of the Right to Education (RTE) Act. During the resumed hearing of a public interest litigation,senior standing counsel for UT Administration,Sanjay Kaushal maintained that reimbursement should be paid to private schools only for admission of ten per cent of the students in addition to the fifteen per cent students already admitted under the EWS scheme.

Kaushal contended that the schools are under a constitutional obligation to admit 15 per cent students under the EWS category. He referred to the RTE Act,under which 25 per cent students from the economically weaker section have to be admitted. Kaushal said the reimbursement,if any,can be paid only for ten per cent of the students admitted.

On the other hand,counsel for schools submitted that the reimbursement shall be paid for the admissions made for all 25 per cent students. Senior standing counsel reiterated the stand of Administration that reservation for children can be allowed only at the entry level and not in all classes. The case has been adjourned to the second week of February after the counsel for Administration submitted that the dispute pertaining to RTE is pending adjudication in the Supreme Court. The development took place during the resumed hearing of a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by social activist Hemant Goswami. The petitioner has sought directions to Administration to direct the schools to reserve 15 percent seats for disadvantaged children in all the classes and not just at the entry level.

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