In another warning to the private sector schools in the state, the Delhi government has recently lashed them for demanding money to provide books and uniform to students who belong to the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) category. The government had received some complaints from the parents of such students, studying in various private schools under the category, and reacted saying strict action will be taken against schools involved in such practices.
According to the communication sent to the principals of various schools by Directorate of Education (DoE), it was said, “A number of complaints has been received from parents and stakeholders of EWS/DG category that many of the private unaided recognized schools are refusing to provide free books, uniform and writing materials to the children and demanding money for providing these materials which is causing great hardship to parents.”
The communication further added, “The refusal of the schools has been taken very seriously by the government. It is, therefore, directed to provide free books, uniform and writing materials to EWS/DG children admitted/studying in the schools. Non-compliance with the direction shall invite action as per the provisions of the extant rules.”
The Right to Education Act, 2009, which is granted as the universal act for all the schools in the country, ensures that the students who are admitted in the EWS and Disadvantaged group category should be given free books, uniform and writing materials, so that they can carry their studies without any hindrances.