New Delhi: The Supreme Court has given a big relief to the private schools of Delhi. In fact, the apex court has set aside the order of the Delhi High Court, in which schools were asked to fill the seats of the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) in a phased manner over the next five years. The said order dated September 1 was issued by a bench of Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice AS Oka.
The Delhi High Court had observed that ''We are unable to appreciate how clause 4 of the impugned order dated 26th May 2022 can be acted upon, even though the school was in the same manner by default for the earlier period, working, but cannot be compensated in this way by an interim order.'' The high court had passed the order while hearing a plea by NGO Justice for All, which sought implementation of the provisions of the Free and Compulsory Education of Children Act, 2009 (RTI) by private schools.
The High Court order dated May 26 said that "irrespective of the actual number of students taking admission in the general category, the state shall ensure that 25% of the seats for EWS category students are given at the entry level (pre-school/nursery/KG and class I). On the basis of sanctioned strength declared.' Against which an appeal was made in the Supreme Court, now the order of the High Court has been set aside by the apex court.