Court asks Delhi government to review school affidavits

March 27th, 2008 - 8:03 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Thursday asked the Delhi government to report by April 3 whether 34 schools have fulfilled the obligation to give 15 percent seats to poor students free of cost. The 34 schools have filed affidavits in response to contempt notices issued by the court to 52 schools that failed to meet the obligation.

The school managements had been given land at concessional rates by the government on the condition that they will provide 15 per cent of the seats free to poor students.

“Review the affidavits carefully and let us know if they have considered the complaints filed by parents who alleged that some schools are not abiding with the criteria of giving freeship quota to students,” Justices T.S. Thakur and Siddharth Mridul said.

The court is hearing a public interest petition filed by Social Jurist, a voluntary organisation, alleging that several schools had failed to meet the obligation.

The schools that were issued contempt notices include Delhi Public School, Vasant Kunj, Apeejay Public School, Malviya Nagar, Greenfield Public School, Malviya Nagar, Ryan International School, Mayur Vihar and Salwan Public School, Mayur Vihar.

In May last year, the court had directed the city’s private schools to comply with the rule from the academic session 2007-2008 on a trial basis.

Earlier this month the court reiterated that schools that do not comply with its order could be de-recognised and dispossessed of their land.

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