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Director Schools asked to probe dismissal of poor students

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New Delhi, Apr 19 (UNI) The Delhi High Court today directed the Director of Schools of Delhi Government to probe the allegation that some public schools, who had been allotted land at a concessional rate, had thrown out some students from the school admitted under the freeship quota.

A division bench headed by Acting Chief Justice Vijender Jain asked the Director to institute a probe and file a report by May 16, the next date of hearing.

Amicus curie Ashok Agrawal submitted that Laxman Public School, Vanasthali Public School and Flora Dales Public School had admitted about 60 students from the weaker section of the society last year and this year they had thrown out them stating no reasons.

The High Court had issued notice to the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and the Land and Development agency of the Urban Development Ministry on a petition seeking cancellation of lease of land allotted to the schools due to noncompliance of the agreement to admit poor students.

As per the rules, the schools which got land at a concessional rates were to provide free education to 25 percent students from the weaker sections of the society.

The High Court had earlier asked the Delhi Government to constitute a committee comprising eminent educationists, sociologists and psychologists to look into the matter of providing 20-30 percent freeship to the poor students in the private public schools, who have availed government land at a concessional rate.

On September 13, the High Court had issued a stern warning to 106 private unaided public schools established on the government land, to provide 20 percent seats to the poor students.

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