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HC frowns upon schools changing EWS kids to general category after class 8

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The High Court asked the government today how a private unaided school can change the category of a student, who studied till class 8, from economically weaker section (EWS) to general and directed the institute not to remove any such student from its rolls or demand any fees from them.

The direction by a bench of Acting and Justice C came after it was told by an NGO that EWS and disadvantaged group (DG) students were being categorised as general after being promoted to class 9 and fees were being demanded from them by two public schools.

NGO Social Jurist, represented by Ashok Agarwal, also told the court that such students were being forced to pay fees or leave the school by the administration of the institute.

"How can they change category," the court asked and ordered "Respondent 1 and 2 (the schools) shall be prohibited from treating any child under EWS/DG category as falling in general category after class 8".

The bench also said that no one shall be removed or made to pay fees by changing their category and listed the matter for further hearing on May 22.

The court also issued notice to the two schools and the government and sought their stand on the PIL which has sought directions to the dispensation to ensure that all schools on government land comply with the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Rules of 2011.

The NGO has contended in its plea that under the Rules a student admitted under EWS/DG category continues to remain in that category till class 12.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 20:50 IST