Delhi: Budget private schools association raises concern over directive to admit all allotted EWS candidates, CWSN

An association of private budget schools in Delhi has raised concerns about Directions of the Directorate of Education to schools to accept all candidates from the Economically Weakest Divisions (EWS) and Children with Special Needs (CWSN) assigned to them regardless of their general admission, stating that it would place them under further final duress.

In a recent notice, the Department of Education noted that some private schools do not grant admission to EWS and CWSN candidates citing fewer admissions to their public seats and ordered that “all private schools are obligated to grant admission to all eligible selected EWS/DG & CWSN candidates regardless of admission least year.”

In a statement, the Delhi Public Schools Management Association said: “If the order is followed, the EWS/DG student ratio will be more than the general category. We have not been able to fill the general category seats due to which we are facing a financial burden.”

According to the Right to Education Act, schools are supposed to retain admissions at 25 percent of the stated strength of their entry level classes for these classes. Schools usually implement it by accepting one student from their assigned list after three general admissions. Schools across the city experienced a drop in admissions last year due to the economic hardship caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Complaints by EWS and CWSN candidates assigned to private schools with lotteries being refused admission on this basis were rampant. For this reason, the government has announced that schools will have to accept all designated candidates regardless of general admission, and the problem has surfaced this year as well.

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