EWS admissions: Chandigarh minority private schools must submit three-year data in one week

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The UT Department of Education researched EWS admissions data for the 2018-2019, 2019-20, and 2020-2021 academic sessions from all unaided private schools with minority status within one week.

On Friday, the District Education Officer (DEO) wrote a letter to 20 of those schools.

In accordance with the letter, educational institutions that have been allocated land by the UT Estate Office at a preferential rate must reserve 15% of seats for students belonging to the economically weaker section (EWS), regardless of the minority status, depending on the award. letter.

The DEO letter also lists seven cases from the High Court of Punjab and Haryana, in which the implementation of admissions under the EWS quota was ordered.

Of these, five cases have been decided, an Interim Order was issued on April 6, 2021, in the case entitled “Director, School Education, UT, v. National Commission for the Institute of Minority Education and Others ( St Kabir School, Sector 26) and there is no stay in the case titled “Association of Independent Schools, Chandigarh and Others v Chandigarh Administration”, which remains pending.

Under the Right to Education Act (RTE), EWS bookings are mandatory not only for entry-level classes, but for all classes up to Class 12.

Schools were asked to provide data by class, including total number of students enrolled, EWS places reserved, EWS students enrolled and students belonging to the relevant minority community.

Speaking about this, DEO Prabhjot Kaur said, “So far we have been looking for information. Any action to be taken against the schools will be decided by higher authorities.

The department’s decision comes after its Feb. 23 show cause notice to Vivek High School, asking why the school is not reserving places for EWS students after its minority status was overturned by the High Court. Officials said the school sent a response, but the department has yet to take action.

Independent Schools Association president HS Mamik, who is also president of Vivek High School, said the education department required student data from EWS, but did not have until has not succeeded in freeing up the compulsory reimbursement of 25% per pupil, provided for by the RTE law. .

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