GURGAON: The state government is considering raising the percentage of intake of students from the economically weaker sections (EWS) from 10% to 25%. State education minister Ram Bilas Sharma said the change in quota will be done under Rule 134A of Haryana School Association Act, 1995, while speaking at a meeting of Gurgaon parents association on Friday, called to discuss status of EWS admissions in private schools.
Unlike RTE, the state government does not reimburse private schools for admissions under Rule 134A. Opening of admissions under Rule 134A will also allow EWS children to get admissions in Class I to Class VIII, whereas under RTE, they are only admitted in Class I.
Private schools have long been resistant to allowing admissions in all classes. Colonel Pratap Singh, president of the Haryana progressive schools’ conference, said, “We’ve no issues with EWS admissions so long as they’re only in Class I, so that with time, the student can catch up, unlike, say, in Class V.”
Though neither education minister nor principal secretary were available for comment, Ramphal Sheroan, secretary of Haryana abhibhavak association, said five parent representatives will be added to the EWS committee, which was formed last week after a meeting between the education minister, education secretary, senior officials from the education department and private school associations.
“We met the education minister and principal secretary to discuss issues delaying admissions under EWS category. He has assured us of action,” said Sheroan, adding the minister assured parents’ representatives that admissions under Rule 134A will be concluded peacefully.
He said the committee formed earlier had been misrepresented, as only a few schools were found representing the whole fraternity. “Now we have representation from most schools in the state, and we’ll make sure we speak for the benefits of not just private schools, but also parents and students,” said Vijender Mann, president of Haryana United Schools Alliance. He added while they have no problem with parents’ representatives, they need to be parents themselves and not representatives.
Source: Times of India