In the run-up to the admissions for the upcoming session, the education department has said that answers to the queries by the Independent School Association on various aspects of implementation of Right To Education (RTE), ‘will be out very soon’.
Saying that the department has been working on the minute details of the emerging areas of confusion, the Director of Public Instruction (DPI) on Tuesday said after a meeting with the Law Department of Ministry of Human Resource Development, the department has sought the notification on what comprises the weaker sections and disadvantaged groups that are to be admitted under RTE in private schools.
Responding to the query about on what percentage SC, ST, OBC, the socially backward classes and disadvantaged groups should be admitted within the EWS, DPI replied that there is no reservation within the reservation. “There can be no quota within quota and the students admitted under RTE can belong to any category, as long as the schools admit 25 per cent of economically weaker sections that meet the income criteria,” said DPI Upkar Singh.
He further said that the question of a forty per cent reservation in schools does not arise at all as it is clearly laid out in the RTE Act itself. “Out of the 69 private schools, 64 have it clearly mentioned in their allotment letter that they must admit disadvantaged children, a total of 15 per cent. For the children that they admit in addition to that, the department will be reimbursing them,” said the DPI.
He further said that the department will closely scrutinise the details of reimbursement sought by the private schools, for which they have sent a performa that clearly lists out the total number of seats at entry level classes, the number of seats reservation for the EWS children and the number of seats actually filled by them.