The Delhi High Court has directed the Delhi Government’s Directorate of Education (DoE) to ensure that all play schools in Delhi which, have been allotted land on subsidised rates, are admitting 25 per cent of students from the weaker section of the society. The court has directed the play schools to abide by law and provide education to the children from underprivileged families without charging fee.
The Bench said if the DoE finds any such schools breach the law, it should immediately send an intimation about it to the DDA, which had allotted land to the establishment of the educational institutions.
The Court opined that the scheme of allotment of land on concessional rates had benefitted the school management rather than the weaker sections of the society, as they sell the 25 per cent seats meant for poor children.
The Court has requested the Lieutenant – Governor to look into the issue of overlapping of the land allotment scheme and implementation of the Right to Education Act, which provides for free and compulsory education. In this regard, he has been directed to file an affidavit before 31st March, 2015.