A famous New Delhi private school asked 14 students admitted under the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) quota to pay over Rs. 67,000 to continue further education. This comes as a shock since the school was built on public land and thus has a greater responsibility to offer free education to students of EWS and DG quota. Furthermore, private schools across Delhi are required to reserve 25% of seats for students of EWS and DG quota according to the terms of Right to Education Act 2009.
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The students were admitted in EWS and DG quota, they had been studying in the Modern School since class nursery for free. Recently, they gave their grade 10 boards and began classes for grade 11. The school began asking for a payment of Rs. 67,835 to let them continue further.
The school in question is one of the hundreds of private schools erected on government land. In exchange for lower rates, these schools have to mandatorily uphold the reservation regulations. A legal notice to the school in this regard was sent earlier by the president of All India Parents Association. The Delhi Government was also notified and has reported that it is looking into the problem.
Source: Times of India