GHAZIABAD: The district administration of Ghaziabad has issued directions to private schools to ensure admission of students, belonging to disadvantaged groups and weaker sections, under quota of seats reserved for them.
The directions were issued in a meeting held by district magistrate Nidhi Kesharwani with principals and managers of two dozen schools in Ghaziabad on Monday.
The meeting was summoned after the district education department received complaints against eight schools who denied admissions to students, referred by the department, under various reserved categories.
Following the implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009, the basic education department of the Uttar Pradesh government issued orders specifying various disadvantaged groups and weaker sections who can seek free admission in private schools up to a maximum limit of 25 per cent of total seats available.
The disadvantaged groups include children belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes category, specially-abled, those from the socially and educationally backward sections, whose parents are affected with HIV or cancer, the homeless and orphans. Weaker section category includes children from below poverty line (BPL) families, whose parents are recipients of disability, old age or widow pension as well as those children whose families’ annual income does not exceed Rs 1 lakh.
“There was lack of clarity among the schools regarding various categories under which admissions can be provided to students in accordance with the government orders. These issues were clarified. The schools have assured they will ensure admission to students wherever they meet the criteria for the specified categories,” DM Nidhi Kesharwani told TOI.
Source : The Times of India