Court orders DoE to fill EWS seats

Court orders DoE to fill EWS seats

Directorate admits schools still have 10,000 vacancies

The Directorate of Education will have to fill 9,835 nursery seats lying vacant under the Economically Weaker Section category in private schools soon, ordered a Delhi High Court bench on Friday.

The HC has asked the DoE to ensure that “all admissions are done before the summer vacation.”

DoE will invite applications for these seats and has assured that a list of the names of schools with vacant seats will be given to the court within a week.

The department has also submitted an affidavit with a district-wise list of EWS vacancies. It is based on reports from schools.

Submitted reports

At least 1,186 private schools from all districts have submitted their reports to DoE so far.
“Some 100 schools have not submitted their reports yet, which means more seats will be up for admissions.

“We expect the number of vacant seats to increase by 2,000,” said advocate Khagesh Jha, who was present at the hearing.

The department will begin fresh admissions and draw of lots will be held in the director’s office.

“We will advertise these vacancies this week and parents who were unable to secure seats earlier can get one now,” said a DoE official.

Ashok Agarwal, an advocate, said that the department will send a notice to all private schools mentioning the number of vacant seats.

“It will be binding for schools to fill these vacancies. The court is also looking at including orphans under the EWS category. A decision on this will be taken in a month.

“The court will take recommendations from the social welfare ministry for the definition of an orphan and decide accordingly,” he said.

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