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Fee waiver for poor kids in Delhi schools

The Delhi lieutenant-governor has notified the state government’s October 2006 order to private schools built on subsidised public land to reserve 20 per cent of their seats for poor students and also waive their fees.

in lieu of the lands allocated to them at marginal prices, the private schools have been put under the

obligation to provide free education to poor students without levying

any charges, including the tuition fees.

The Delhi High Court was apprised of the notification of the government’s order last Thursday by the government counsel, who submitted that students from the nursery level to Class Xii would benefit from it.

Besides, providing free education, the schools would also provide uniform and books to these students free of cost, the counsel said.

The counsel informed the court that notification makes it mandatory for the schools to publicise the scheme of free education for the poor at the beginning of each academic session by putting notices on their notice boards.

The schools will also have to inform the Delhi government about the requisite vacancy for the poor in their schools.

The government, in turn, would also publicise it on their website.

Parents can lodge complains with the deputy director of the Directorate of Education if any school defaults in following the notification.

While the keeping the schools built not on the subsidised land outside the ambit of this order, the notification clarified that those students who have been availing of the facility in these schools will continue to enjoy it.

The matter reached the court when a social activist through a public interest litigation (PiL) informed it last year that about 60 students availing the freeship scheme had been expelled from various schools.

These schools had agreed to provide freeship to 20 per cent of their total enrolment as one of the conditions at the time of land allotment by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA).

in a reply to queries on the PiL, the government had in October informed the court that it had taken a decision about it and would notify it in a couple of months.

Many poor students are expected to benefit from the decision to reserve 20 per cent seats in private schools built on subsidised public land.

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