The EWS (Economically Weaker Sections) students are facing problems to continue their education in the unaided private schools. According to the RTE Act 2009, the kids aged 6-14 years, belonging from the weaker sections of society are provided free education till class 8th. All the private unaided schools need to reserve 20% of the seats for EWS students, disobedience of, which leads to strict actions.
However, the act was amended in the commencement of 2019 and the amendments were as such:
- The bill seeks to do away with the ‘no-detention policy‘ in schools, which clarifies no student (under EWS) can be detained upto class 8th.
- If the child fails in the examination held in classes 5th and 8th then he/she will be provided with two-month remedial teaching to perform better in the examinations. If the student still not passes, the state government may decide to detain him.
Though in the year 2011 the Delhi Education Minister (then) Arvinder Singh Lovely by adding some facts, announced that the private schools residing on the land of Delhi government are obligated to provide free education to the EWS students upto class 12th.
But, the parents of the weaker section students’ group, studying in private schools and have passed class 8th, reported that irrespective of the Delhi RTE act, private school authorities are asking the parents to either pay their kids fee or resign the name from the school. Thinking forward to the discretion, some of the parents had filed a plea last week of March in DoE’s office requesting to investigate on the matter.
Manish Sisodia while talking to Indian Express regarding the plea, revealed that “It will be difficult for the Delhi government to pay the EWS students’ fee above class 8th as it is tough for the gov. to invest both in government and private schools at the same time. Though, we are looking for feasible options.” “I have raised the issue at least thrice in the Central Advisory Board of Education meeting over the year,” he added.
It seems that some of the authorities disagree with the rules of ‘No detention policy’ and have asked the government to rethink on the RTE act conditions to extend the act applicability upto class 12th.