Schools seek clarification on EWS admission norms

In a follow-up to the meeting held on Wednesday regarding the common admission procedure between the Education Department and private schools, the Independent School Association (ISA) has now sought a written clarification on various issues related to admissions for the upcoming session.

While the details of the expenses for admitting Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) students under the Right To Education at the entry level classes is to be submitted by the schools for the three sessions since 2010, including the ongoing session, the schools have requested for clarification on admitting 15 per cent disadvantaged children.

"For schools that were allotted land prior to 1996 and have a condition in their land allotment letter to provide reservation for 15 per cent EWS students, if this reservation of 15 per cent is not a part of the RTE then the total reservation would add upto 40 (15+25) percent and if only the students beyond 15 percent be reimbursed?" asks ISA President H S Mamik.

The letter states that the matter of fee revision was still pending in the High Court and that it may not be possible to adhere to any strict schedule of admissions and the Administration has been requested to treat the matter of the common admissions only as an advisory to the private schools.

Further information was sought on the Notification of Child Mapping and in what percentage should SC, ST, OBC, the socially and educationally and backward class and disadvantaged group be admitted within the reservation.

Other points questioned include the Eligibility Income Criteria under EWS, the amount of the school fee that will be reimbursed, mode of payment, date of fee reimbursement, decision on vacant seats and mid-session drop out.

Also questioned was issue of the subsequent reimbursement, and the action liable to be taken on the submission of fake documents by a candidate, and under whose jurisdiction that would fall under.

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