DoE asks pvt school to admit students under EWS

Amity violated norms by not admitting four students in class 1

The Directorate of Education has asked Amity International School, Mayur Vihar Phase 1 to admit more students under the economically weaker sections category in class 1 after an order from the Delhi High Court.

The DoE order said Amity International school was required to admit 25 per cent of the 2009-10 enrolment in class 1 under EWS scheme.

“The school has violated the provisions by not admitting four students despite vacancy this academic year,” said the DoE’s order.  Altogether, 82 students were admitted in class 1 that year.

The DoE has asked the school to fill these seats by first admitting Aditya Thakur, who’s father had filed the petition in the High Court and directed the school to give admission to other students as well.

“The total number of EWS seats is not supposed to be less than the highest number of seats in the entry class in the last three academic years. We had asked all unaided schools to furnish their enrolment data for last three years at their entry-level classes online,” said a DoE official. “We are yet to get details from some schools.”

Ashok Agarwal, advocate and Right to Education campaigner who fought the case in the court, said private schools across the city seem to have a misconception that those schools which do not come under the Act are exempted from the government’s land lease clause as well.

“Like Amity, there are several other private schools that were allotted land by the
government. According to the land clause, all these schools had to give admission to poor students to the extent of 25 per cent under the freeship quota. But none of the schools in Delhi are following the clause,” he said.

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