Karnal | EWS students: Private schools reopen today but protest will continue

Karnal: Demanding that the Rule 134-A of the Haryana School Education Rules, 2003, be repealed, private schools held a protest in Karnal on Tuesday. Private schools across the state have been on strike against the rule that makes it mandatory for them to admit 10% students from economically weaker section (EWS).

Over 18,000 schools have remained closed since last May 6, which affected the studies of more than 28 lakh students. The private schools’ associations declared that the schools would reopen on Wednesday but they would not cooperate with the administration for hosting events and sharing resources. They said that except for Independence Day and Republic Day celebrations, they would not collaborate or participate in any state government events and would not give their buses or infrastructure.

President of National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA) Kulbhushan Sharma said, “We do not want to harm the students. Therefore, the schools will reopen on Wednesday but our protest will continue.”

 Repeating their demand to scrap Rule 134-A and implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act instead, Sharma said.
 He said they haven’t held any dialogue with the government over the issue yet. “We are challenging the government for an open debate. We are not ruining the education of poor students; rather we have been admitting children from EWS category without receiving a single penny from the government for that for the past three years.” tnn
Sharma said that the state government should pay the fee of EWS category students in private schools, like Delhi and Uttrakhand governments were already doing.

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