Private schools fail to share EWS seat information, get notices

Private schools fail to share EWS seat information, get notices


GURUGRAM: Private schools operating on land allotted by HSVP are on the authority radar for failing to provide details of students who were given admission under the economically weaker section (EWS) category, and for allegedly violating other allotment regulations. As per the RTE Act, private schools have to reserve 10% seats for children from this category.
A year back, then HSVP (Gurugram) administrator Chandrashekhar Khare had formed a committee taking cognisance of the violations of the norms by the private school and had issued notices to four schools seeking details of students who got admission under the EWS quota. Despite repeated notices, some of the schools have not responded. “We have served them the last notice to share the details. If schools miss the 10 March deadline, we will initiate the proceedings to the resumption of the school site allotted to these schools,” said Vivek Kalia, estate officer (2) of HSVP. Last week, estate officer (1) had also issued notices to 34 private schools for not providing details of admission to EWS students.
Apart from the EWS quota, the schools are mandated to have one nominee of HSVP in the management board, the school fee structure should be approved by HSVP, and details on admission of EWS students should be displayed at the schools.
Chief information commissioner (CIC) has directed the HSVP to share EWS admission details with them, and after failing to provide it so far, their next hearing before CIC is scheduled for March 11. School managements, however, claimed that they are following the norms. “HSVP representatives are supposed to monitor the implementation of the rules. We abide by the government norms,” said the principal of a private school in Sector 53.
Parents alleged that HSVP periodically takes up the issues of EWS student admission but no action has been taken against violating schools to date. “There is no transparent system to know the availability of seats under EWS category. Whenever you approach a school they will say seats reserved for poor children are full but will never share details of numbers of seats and children who have been allotted those seats,” said Praveen Mishra, an auto driver resident of Sector 14.



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