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Delhi government asks schools to reserve 25% seats under EWS

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 January 2017, 17:57 IST

The Directorate of Education, Delhi Government, on Tuesday announced that private unaided non-minority schools will have to reserve 25% seats in entry class for children from Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and Socially Disadvantaged Groups (DG)

For schools recognised under the Delhi School Education Act, the admissions will be conducted through an online process and a centralised lottery to bring in transparency and accountability as this process eliminates any interference of private schools during the admission process.

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"Post the lottery, private schools will communicate who will be allotted admission in their schools. Nearly 28,000 students in 1158 schools stand to benefit from this," informed a release from the government.

To avoid any duplication of admission, the department has made Aadhaar ID mandatory which will curb any attempts for unfair advantage during admissions by means of multiple applications.

The Delhi schools' nursery admission process begun on Tuesday, 10 January. It will continue till 31 January, 2017.

The 25% reservation will be mandated under Section 12(1)(c) of Right to Education Act.

"The schools that were recognised by the Directorate of Education under RTE as well as MCD recognised schools shall have offline process on the same lines as thus far. The Directorate has issued Common Application Form fo facilitated parents. Schools are directed not to charge any fee for the form, if parents choose to obtain application form from the school. The offline process will also have same schedule i.e., 31 January, 2017. The last date to apply and the results of first round will be announced on 28 February, 2017. The schools are directed to complete admission process by 31 March, 2017."

The Directorate has launched Helpline numbers 8800355192 & 8800355146, during working hours, to guide parents.

The Directorate also launched a portal recently to deal with grievances filed against private schools. The portal is: http://doepvt.delhi.gov.in/

First published: 10 January 2017, 17:42 IST