100 schools in Haryana yet to give information on seat sharing

Schools on HUDA land must offer 20 % seats to EWS students

Despite directions from the District Education Officer (DEO) to all private recognised schools to provide information on seats available for Economically Weaker Section (EWS) category students, 100 schools in Gurgaon district are yet to adhere to the directions even two days after the February 10 deadline.

Of a total of 279 private schools in Gurgaon district, only 179 schools have furnished the information to Haryana Education Department so far. As per rule 134-A of Haryana School Education Rules, all private recognised schools on Haryana Urban Development Authority land must offer 20 per cent of the seats in all classes to EWS category, while the other schools should reserve 10 per cent of the seats.

“We again had a meeting with representatives of the schools on Wednesday and they have been told to comply with the directions. Almost 30 prominent schools in Gurgaon city have not furnished the information on seats for EWS students so far,” said District Nodal Officer Satpal Yadav.

The situation is similar in almost all districts of Haryana with 1,488 private recognised schools out of 5,784 defying the directions. The district-wise break up is: Ambala (135), Bhiwani (200), Faridabad (135), Hisar (162), Karnal (74), Palwal (113), Sonipat (133), Yamunanagar (112), Rewari (50) and Rohtak (72). Kurukshetra is one exception with all 154 private schools furnishing the details.

The Director General Elementary Education has now written to all the District Education Officers (DEO) and the District Elementary Education Officers (DEEO) to ensure that all schools upload the requisite information by 5 p.m. on February 12. “Despite notice in newspapers, repeated letters written to you and telephone calls, information in respect of total seats available in the schools and seats under Section 134-A are not filled on the portal of the Department by most of the privately managed recognised schools,” reads the letter to DEOs and DEEOs.

The missive further said that “in absence of names of all schools and seats declared by them… it will be difficult to provide actual information to the public…”

The representatives of private schools are maintaining that the government needs to reimburse them for providing admission to EWS students, but the Haryana Education Department officials countered that there was no such provision in law.

Though the provision for admission to EWS category students in private schools exists since 2009, there have been no serious efforts by the government to ensure its enforcement so far.

Out of the total 10,669 seats available for EWS category students in various private schools in Gurgaon, only 1,762 had managed to get admission last year. The Haryana Education Department has made the EWS admissions procedure online this year to ensure transparency.

Of a total of 279 private schools in Gurgaon district, only 179 schools have furnished the information to Haryana Education Department so far

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