Harayana | Panel to settle EWS admission row

GURGAON: Haryana education minister Ram Bilas Sharma formed a committee on Tuesday to look into allegations of wrongdoing in school admissions under the economically weaker sections (EWS) category. The committee will also suggest ways to resolve the conflict between Rule 134A of Haryana School Education Act and Right to Education Act.

“A committee has been formed to resolve the conflict ongoing between the schools and parents due to the confusion between the state law and RTE,” said R S Kharab, director, elementary education, Haryana.

Kharab said the eight-member committee would have representatives from private schools apart from state directors of secondary and elementary education.

Some major issues discussed in a high-level meeting included EWS admissions, taxes levied on private schools and their infrastructure norms.

The meeting also saw participation from private schools. Colonel Pratap Singh, president, Haryana schools progressive conference, said, “We appealed for the removal of Rule 134A given that EWS admissions can be done under RTE itself.”

He added that since Rule 134A cannot be annulled immediately, the criteria of means and merit for admissions must be implemented stringently. Private schools highlighted the loopholes in Rule 134A.

“According to the state law, schools are liable to allocate 10% of the total seats to students under the EWS category. However, the same law also mentions that meritorious students should be given preference.”

A case in this regard is already being heard in the Punjab and Haryana high court.

Source: Times of India

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