HC asks Education Dept to file status report on poor students

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New Delhi, Feb 20 (UNI) The Delhi High Court has directed the Directorate of Education, Delhi Government, to file a status report within two weeks regarding the freeships being given to poor students in the private schools and also the details about the nature of complaints being received by them by the parents of the aggrieved students.

The court asked the directorate yesterday to file an affidavit giving details about the nature of the complaints and action taken against the schools till March 15.

Counsel for the Directorate of Education Avinash Ahlawat told a division bench of Justices T S Thakur and Aruna Suresh that the department had received around 500 complaints against schools which had failed to provide freeship to the poor students and violated the land allotment terms.

The land was allotted to the schools on concessional rates on the condition that they would give 15 per cent freeship to poor students.

He said though the Directorate had issued notices to the schools concerned in this regard no steps were taken by them to absorb poor students.

The court, earlier in May last year, had directed all the private schools of the city, who had obtained land at concessional rates, to fulfill the conditions of obtaining such benefits.

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