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All schools to reserve 15 pc seats for poor children

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Chandigarh, Feb 24 (UNI) On the recommendations of the committee of eminent educationists, the Chandigarh Administration had recently announced the decision to make it mandatory for all the schools to reserve 15 percent seats for the children belonging to the families of low income group.

The committee comprising principals of private schools of St Kabir, Carmel Convent, St Stephen and DAV Public Schoolss had been constituted to examine in detail the issue of 15 percent reservation for the children of economically weaker sections of society.

The committee, after due deliberations, unanimously decided that all the schools would make provisions for reserving 15 percent seats for the children of these sections of society.

It also decided the procedure to be followed for admission of such students in the schools.

This decision was taken to remove any discrimination and bring the children of economically weaker sections at par with the children of affluent families. This would also enable them to pursue their studies in the schools of their choice.

Simultaneously, the Administration was also committed to improve the standards of education in government schools and had taken several steps in this direction.

To impart quality education in government schools, the Administration has introduced computer aided education in collaboration with Azim Premji foundation, Intel, Infosys, in-service training of teachers, recruitment of over 900 new teachers, introduction of English in Class I in non-model schools, revamped Mid-day meal scheme, free education and books upto 8th class, self auditing and self appraisal in the ACRs of teachers, free uniforms upto 8th class in non-model schools and special tutors for the weak students in some particular subjects.

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