Following complaints from some parents that Delhi Public School (DPS), Sector 40, was allegedly conducting separate classes in the evening for the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) students and with different teachers, the Chandigarh Commission for Protection of Child Rights has asked for an explanation from the school principal.
Parents of around 15 children who are enrolled in the evening session on the school campus had submitted a complaint to the chairperson of the Child Rights Commission, Professor Devi Sirohi. In their complaint, the parents had further claimed that the school was violating the Right to Education Act (RTE) by charging Rs 75 per month from the EWS students, whereas no fee was to be charged. According to the complaint, the school was allegedly also charging for the school uniform and books.
Professor Sirohi said, “Parents have complained that the students who got admitted to the school in 2010 are being treated indifferently. We have asked the principal to explain the same to the commission.”
One of the parents said, “We are ready to pay approximately Rs 300 to the school, but they should teach our children properly. There are only two teachers and one of them is from Bengal. Students do not understand their language. The school had initially informed us that students would be shifted to the morning session, but nothing has happened yet.”
However, school Principal Reema Dewan said, “Our school has already enrolled 25 per cent of students under the RTE and the Land Allotment scheme. Further, our school provides the highest number of seats under the EWS category. The classes which we have been running in the evening have nothing to do with the RTE or the Land Allotment because those classes are part of a charity programme which DPS schools across the country are running to help school children.”
She added, “We are helping them in a way that every year, the students who secure good marks, are mainstreamed to the morning classes. Initially, I had around 60 students in the evening session, and now only 15 of them are left.”
The principal will have to give a written explanation on the date of hearing scheduled for April 30.