Over 80 Per Cent Delhi Private Schools In Violation Of RTE, Not Implementing EWS Quotas: Report

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‘Bright Spots: Status of Social Inclusion through RTE’ report suggested that over 80 per cent of the private schools in Delhi are not implementing the Right to Education (RTE) Act and are not reserving the 25 per cent seats for students which hail from Economically Weaker Sections (EWS).

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 has an objective which enables school choice by reserving a minimum of 25 per cent of all entry-level seats in private, unaided, special category and non minority schools for children which are from EWS and Disadvantaged Groups (DG) and hence improve social inclusion.

A survey points out that while states are not publishing data related to monitoring of children which were admitted to their schools, there were five states and Union Territories (UTs), which were yet to notify the provision as reported by India Today.

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Furthermore, the report also pointed out that the primary reason behind lack of implementation of policy is that the income limits are exclusionary in some states with some states having a threshold lower than the minimum wage of the state, while some states only consider BPL families under EWS.

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