DPI seeks more time to re­ply on pvt schools’ is­sues

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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.

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