Written by Ifrah Mufti | Chandigarh | July 26, 2013 02:15
As many as 262 seats have been still lying vacant under the economic weaker section (EWS) and disadvantaged groups quota in 30 unaided recognised private schools.
As prescribed in the RTE Act,EWS seats under 25 per cent quota are meant for admission to entry level classes. The department continues to accept admission forms for EWS and disadvantaged groups till the time private schools fill up the seats.
Private schools were directed by the education department not to convert the quota seats into general category. There are as many as 730 seats reserved under the RTE Act and till now,only 468 seats have been filled.
There were 31 seats reserved at Ashiana Public School,Sector 46, but 26 seats are vacant; while at Manav Mangal School,Sector 21,30 seats were reserved,of which 29 seats are vacant. Out of 20 seats reserved at Stepping Stones School,Sector 38,12 seats are yet to be filled.
Stating reasons for vacant seats,A K Ummat,chairman of Sai Tara Ummat Foundation,said,Reimbursement is the main reason that holds back parents from sending their children to private schools,as they fear the government might not compensate the schools and they would have to pay. Another fear that most parents have is that their children will be discriminated by other students.