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Education dept fails to appoint ‘scrutiny officers’

With admissions in most private schools drawing to a close,the future of students from the economically weaker sections hangs in balance.

With admissions in most private schools drawing to a close,the future of students from the economically weaker sections (EWS) hangs in balance. While the Education department has gone on record saying it will appoint “scrutiny officers” that will form a part of the admission committees in schools to ensure justice to students belonging to the EWS,the decision is yet to be executed.

Schools which had earlier not adhered to the administration’s norm regarding admitting 15 per cent students from the EWS were instructed by the administration to follow the guidelines in the coming session.

Belying the claims of the Education department,however,D S Bedi,director,Shivalik Public School,which had violated the rule said: “We have not received any notification from the Education department. The admissions are taking place since the last two months but no officer has visited us with any instructions.”

He added that of the 31 schools that are part of the Independent Schools’ Federation,no school has reported receiving any directions.

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Vanita Arora,principal,Bhavan Vidyalya,which has around 4 per cent students from the EWS confirms Bedi’s statement: “We have not got any orders from the department nor has any officer visited us.”

Director Public Instructions Samwartak Singh,while talking to Newsline,meanwhile,changed his stance saying the committees will “look into the matter” once the admissions are over. “We have formed the committees and have asked for data from schools. These committees will check whether schools have admitted the required percentage of students. Strict action will be taken against the erring schools,” he maintained.

The Education department had issued notices to nearly 40 schools that had failed to admit the requisite number of students from the EWS seeking explanation for the same. Around the same time,the department had decided to appoint officers to probe the admission process for implementation of the scheme.

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