Monday, June 12, 2017

Give info on poor kids’ admission, 140 city schools told

Times of India: Gurugram: Monday, June 12, 2017.
Huda has sought details of children who have been enrolled at various private schools located on its plots across Gurgaon.
In its directive issued a couple of days ago, Huda asked 140-odd private schools including nursery, primary, secondary and higher secondary to share details of their students, like date of admission, address and economic background, among others, so as to find out if they are following all rules.
Officials said Huda had given plots to those private schools at cheaper rates with the conditions that the schools would have to reserve 20% of the seats for poor children and give preference to children living in the schools' vicinity. To ensure proper implementation of the conditions, Huda had also made it mandatory to include at least one Huda representative in the school managing committee.
"I filed an RTI application and found out that most of the schools are not providing 20% free seats to EWS/BPL students," said RTI activist Harinder Dhingra.
"We have been receiving complaints against the private schools, mainly related to violation of the quota rule. Thus, we have asked all schools to share details of their students," said a senior Huda official. "Action would be taken, if any school is found to be violating norms."
School managements, however, blamed the Huda for the discrepancies. "Huda representatives are supposed to monitor implementation of the rules. But, we have not received any name of representative from Huda," said the principle of a private school in Sector 45.