PREM LATA YADAV, THE DISTRICT EDUCATION OFFICER, ASSURED STEPS TO RESOLVE THE ISSUE AT THE EARLIEST
GURUGRAM: AT least 20 parents and their children, who were allegedly denied admission by private schools under the 10% EWS (economic weaker section) quota, staged a dharna outside the residence of the deputy commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh at Civil Lines on Thursday morning.
Under rule 134-A of Haryana School Education Rules, 2003, all private schools are required to reserve 10% seats under the EWS category. Parents said that despite protests, schools were denying admission to their children under EWS quota on frivolous grounds.
Praveen Kumar Akoj, a resident of Nathupur, said he has been seeking admission of his son Nischay Kumar Bharatvanshi to class 2 at a private school in DLF Phase I. “The result of school entrance exam was declared on April 18. Months have passed, but there has been no resolution of the issue. Right to Education, which is a fundamental right, is being violated,” Akoj said.
Another parent , Salma, who goes by her first name, said that if the government lacks the intent and interest in implementing the policy, it should do away with it. She was accompanied by her son Rehan Khan, who is seeking admission to class 4.
“If the government has no intention of implementing the policy, it should do away with it. Why give us false hope? It should legalise child labour instead. That will be the only avenue left for us, as our children are being denied the Right to Education,” Salma said.
The parents stayed outside the DC’S residence for several hours till Prem Lata Yadav, district education officer (DEO), came to pacify them. “We will take steps and ensure that the matter is resolved at the earliest,” Yadav told the parents. However, despite the assurance, the parents continued their dharna.
The DEO came to visit the parents for the second time when they refused to budge. This time, the parents were convinced by Yadav to hold a discussion at the Mini Secreteriat.
“The DEO took down the details of our children and schools. She has asked us to meet her tomorrow for deciding on the next course of action,” Akoj said.