After the Supreme Court ruling,some schools across the city are considering fee hike to balance the costs while others are working on infrastructural changes that will be required to accommodate these children.
As most private schools have their student intake in class 1 or the pre-primary level,principals are of the view that it might be difficult to accommodate additional students as admissions for the academic session beginning June 15 are already over.
Leena Chowdhary,principal,Symbiosis International School said,As of now we have not taken a final decision on changing the fee structure of the school but we may have to change it for the rest of the students. We will have to arrange for logistics,including the number of chairs and tables in each classroom,the size of the classroom and may be even additional number of teachers.
She added that a workshop,to be held from April 18-20 for school principals,will help formulate more detailed plans for the implementation of new provisions.
Jaya Bhaskar,principal,Abhinav Vidyalaya English Medium School said,The intake starts from class 1 or pre-nursery in a lot of schools. So changes will have to be brought in the admission process as schools will have to decide whether to increase the number of students in the school or reserve 25 per cent of the present number of seats for the economically weaker sections of society. She,however,ruled out the possibility of a fee hike in the school.
Kamini Saxena,principal,Shamrao Kalmadi School,said,Were still brainstorming on how to implement the new norms. At present all our classrooms are filled to maximum seating capacity,so were not sure how we will accommodate these children,as we cannot possibly throw out the existing students. As the verdict just came last week itself,it is too early for us to be ready with implementation plans. We have to go through the details of the SC verdict to understand clearly what is really means for schools.
Vijaylakshmi Arora,Director (Policy and Advocacy),CRY(Child Rights and You) said,By retaining the provision of 25 per cent reservation in the private schools,the need for schools to be socially responsible has once again been underlined. The crucial aspect here is that while implementing these provisions,we need to see how well equipped private schools are to execute this in a manner that retains the dignity of the weaker sections. These provisions should be implemented not only in letter but also in spirit to ensure children from the marginalised communities get access to good quality education.