DPI seeks more time to reply on pvt schools’ issues
CHANDIGARH: The education department has asked for more time to reply to some issues raised by the private schools in their last meeting held on November23.
The DPI (schools) had stated in the last meeting that he would be giving the reply to some of the issues raised by the schools in writing by November27 (Tuesday) but has sought more time.
On November23 the issues raised by the private schools included: notification of child mapping including what percentage should SC, ST, OBC, the socially and educationally backward class and disadvantaged group be admitted within the reservation? Whether notification of Government Of India on income eligibility criteria under EWS, along with this reimbursement under RTE by GOI and what is the amount of the school fee that would be reimbursed?
How would the payments be made? When would the school fee be reimbursed (date)? Till when are the schools expected to keep the seats vacant?
Questions were also raised on the admission of 15% students admitted under EWS category as per the conditions in the allotment letter to the school who had been given land after 1996.
HS Mamik, president of the Independent Schools Association said, “These issues were discussed and the DPI was of the view that he would provide a clarification in writing by November 27 and would also answer as to when the payment would be reimbursed for the bills raised for the session 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 of the EWS children admitted in schools allotted land before 1996, but he has sought for more time.”
The private and government schools had also been asked to follow a common admission schedule but some of the schools have released their own admission schedule since the common admission schedule was coinciding with their school winter vacation.
But all these issues raised by the schools are definitely bringing the parents into a confused state. One such parent Rajeev Mehta said, “My daughter is supposed to take admissions in school now but with so many issues around I think there will be some confusion like last year.”
Despite repeated attempts, DPI(schools) Upkar Singh could not be reached for comments.