The Chandigarh Administration will not recognise any school in the city,if the school fails to comply with the 15 per cent Economically Weaker Section (EWS) norm. The Administration has also made it clear that unless the school gives a written undertaking while applying afresh for recognition or even in case of renewals of recognition,the administrations shall not be recognising any of the schools.
While Right to Education (RTE) Act now confirms 25 per cent seats to be reserved in private schools for children from EWS,the UT Education Department has yet not even been able to get the 15 per cent EWS norm implemented thoroughly. The notification making the 15 per cent EWS norm mandatory for schools was issued in 1996.
Till date,the administration was giving schools extra time to complete the quota of admissions under EWS category to match 15 per cent standard; but many schools failed to do so. A few of the schools had even approached court challenging the 15 per cent norm.
All schools have been asked to submit written undertakings to the Education Department certifying that they shall be complying with the 15 per cent norm in the coming session,failing which their recognitions shall be cancelled from the coming session.
All the private schools whose recognition is pending or expired have been provided the option of giving an undertaking that these would admit 15 per cent children from EWS in the introductory classes. This option has been mooted as the Administration is in favour of assisting private schools in providing education and not pull them down by any means, said Secretary (Education) Ram Niwas.
According to the statistics maintained by the Education Department; out of 73 schools,merely nine per cent of the total private aided and recognized schools in the city are complying with the 15 per cent EWS norm. Rather there are a few schools,who have not even admitted even a single child under EWS category.
The cases of recognition of more than 42 per cent private schools in the city are still pending with the administration for various reasons. There are many schools,which have not even applied for recognition with the Chandigarh Administration.