Express News Service : Chandigarh, Sat Apr 13 2013, 02:39 hrs
Moreover, the office of the District Education Officer (DEO) has sent a fresh notice to the heads of all private schools directing them not to convert the vacant seats reserved for the students of EWS and disadvantaged group under RTE Act, 2009 to general category if no application is pending at least for three weeks and till further orders. "This became imperative in the light of the orders issued by the Punjab and Haryana High Court hearing three petitions", read the order.
The department had asked the schools to provide the information till Friday 2.00 pm, but many failed to submit. Sources informed that Ryan International School, Sector 49 informed the education department that it has 12 seats for EWS category and all are filled. Similarly, Modern Ways Model School, Sector 29 has six seats for the EWS students and managed to fill four seats while First Step School, Sector 26 managed to fill three seats out of total six seats for the EWS category.
One of the officers said that the department is waiting for the details from St Kabir Public School, Sector 26 as they have 22 seats for the EWS students.
Over 400 seats are lying vacant under the aforementioned quota and just 227 applications were submitted by the EWS families.
National Students Union of India (NSUI), one of the students outfits on the Panjab University (PU), is also working at its level to get the RTE Act implemented across all the private schools and its affiliates had also met the education department authorities as well.
Recently, the court ruled that admission shall first be offered to eligible students belonging to EWS and disadvantaged group residing within 1 km of specific schools. In case, the vacancies remain unfilled, students residing within 3 kms of the schools shall be admitted. If there are still vacancies, then admission shall be offered to other students residing within 6 kms and it cleared that students residing beyond 6 kms shall be admitted only in case vacancies remain unfilled.