Updated: July 1, 2021 12:57:23 am
Deputy CM Manish Sisodia Wednesday said private schools in the city will have to conduct admissions for the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) category regardless of whether they are able to conduct general category admissions.
He also announced a special PTM (parent-teacher meeting) from July 19 to 31, during which parents of Delhi government school students will be given information on how to adapt their parenting styles to the new reality of accessing education online from home.
In an online press conference, Sisodia said as per Right to Education (RTE), private schools had to reserve 25% seats for the EWS category. The admission to these seats is conducted after applications received by the Delhi government are selected through a draw of lots and the seats are then allocated to various schools.
“Due to Covid, schools are closed and the admission process has been derailed. Even general category student admissions are not taking place. Schools have said they are not being able to admit EWS students because of this…That is why the Delhi government has decided that even if some school has not been able to admit general category students or there is some delay in it, the schools will have to conduct admissions for the EWS students on the seats allotted to them by the government,” he said.
The Delhi government gives Rs 2,260 to every EWS category student every month towards their fees and other expenses.
Hari Prakash Sharma, owner of New Happy Public School, said “The reimbursement amount is very low, and we haven’t yet received the reimbursement for 2019-2020 or 2020-2021…We just don’t have anything to offer support.”
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