Panchkula | Private schools shut over RTE Act

Panchkula: All private schools in Panchkula district were closed on Saturday to highlight their demand to abolish section 134A of Right To Education (RTE) Act that makes it mandatory for them to keep 25% of total seats reserved for students from economically weaker sections (EWS) in each class.

Around 30 private school employees met local MLA Gian Chand Gupta at his house and handed over a memorandum .

Panchkula Public Schools Association also demanded the formation of a separate agency to verify the genuineness of EWS students.

Haryana Public School Association president Kulbushan Sharma said, “There is no parameter to check the genuineness of students. Most parents have prepared fake certificates of EWS. We want students who actually come under this category to take the benefit.”

Yuvsatta co-ordinator Pramod Shamra said, “If schools feel any student has appeared to take admission with a fake certificate of EWS, they should immediately get him or her verified with the help of government officials and expel the student. Private institutions must provide free education to EWS students themselves whether the government puts a compulsion or not.”

Gupta said, “There is a need to have a balance between private schools and government policy. All schools must follow the rule and the government should make an alternative to teach Below Poverty Line (BPL) students in a special batch. I will forward the memorandum to the chief minister.”

The association also demanded 10% quota for Panchkula and Mohali students for admission in Chandigarh schools and colleges. It also said schools should not be charged for commercial water and electricity charges and the life of school buses should be extended from 15 years to 20 years .

Source: The Times of India

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