No free education for orphan kids, NGO seeks help

No free education for orphan kids, NGO seeks help

Nursery admissions rush leaves no room for orphans

In the backdrop of nursery admissions taking place, an NGO has written to Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit drawing her attention to orphaned children allegedly being denied benefit of free education in private schools due to their non-inclusion in the "Disadvantaged Group" category.

As per the guidelines issued by Directorate of Education (DoE) Delhi, private schools have to keep aside 25 per cent of their seats for students belonging to the Disadvantaged Group and the Economic Weaker Section (EWS) of the society.

Request of inclusion
Taking up the issue, the non-government-organisation, Social Jurist, has now requested the government to consider including orphaned children in this category so that they can also get benefit of admission and free education in unaided private schools.

"You are well aware of the fact that there are thousands of orphan children in our national capital who are the most 'disadvantaged children'. They need all round attention from both the State and the Society.

The Directorate of Education, Government of NCT of Delhi in its notification specified 'child with special needs and suffering from disabilities as defined in Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995' as child belonging to Disadvantaged Group within the meaning of Section 2 (d) of the RTE Act, 2009.

However, the orphan children were left out, may be, due to oversight," said the non-government-organisation in its letter to the Chief Minister. 

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