Chandigarh | Private schools reluctant to admit poor students, parents protest

Chandigarh: Students belonging to economically weaker sections (EWS) along with their parents staged a protest in Rohtak on Wednesday seeking admissions to private schools. They protested under the banner of ‘Abhibhavak Sangh’ staged a march in the city before submitting a memorandum to the education officials.

 A committee member of the Sangh, Ranbir Singh Dahiya said that the private schools were reluctant to admit the students from the economically weaker section despite the directions of the government. According to Dahiya, private schools have also increased the fee apart from adopting the books of private publishers instead of the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) .
The private schools owners say that the state and Centre should reimburse the fee under the Central government’s Right to Education (RTE) Act. However, the state government doesn’t seem in a mood to oblige the private schools on it.
As per the rules, the admission of 25% students from EWS for class I are done under the RTE Act. As per the Haryana School Education Rules, 10% students from EWS can seek admission in class II and they have to pay the fee equivalent to government schools.

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