HC seeks response of Centre, Delhi on plea on EWS students

May 15 2018

Download Vishva Times App – Live News, Entertainment, Sports, Politics & More

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday  asked the Central and Delhi government to file response on a PIL seeking  a change in the law to ensure students from poor families who pass  Class 8 from private schools can complete their education up to the  senior secondary level.

A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita  Mittal and Justice C. Hari Shankar asked the central and Delhi  government to file response on the Public Interest Litigation (PIL)  filed by civil rights group Social Jurist, through advocate Ashok  Agarwal, who has sought directions on extending Section 12 (1)(C) of the  Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act beyond Class 8  and up to Class 12.

The court has slated the matter for further hearing on September 26.

The  petitioner has told the court that it will help avoid interruption in  studies, harassment of students of certain categories after passing  Class 8 and help them in completing their basic education.

"After  Class 8, students from Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) and other  disadvantaged groups are asked by schools authorities to leave because  they are incapable of affording fee from Class 9 onwards," the plea said  and added that such students are left with the only option to join  government schools.

"Since government schools are Hindi-medium,  these will not only be highly prejudicial to students' interest but also  defeat the very object of providing free education in an unaided  private school," the plea added.

"Their parents are not in a position to pay hefty fees in unaided private schools from Class 9 onwards," it added.

The  PIL also contended that apart from the different mediums of  instructions, the academic atmosphere is different in government and  private schools, which will cause prejudice to the said students by not  letting them complete education till Class 12.


  • Source
  • IANS