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Free schooling scheme: over 92% seat’s vacant

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It appears that the economically weaker part (EWS) college students have most well-liked their present authorities colleges regardless of an choice to get free schooling in Haryana’s “budget” non-public colleges – principally in villages or small cities – below a authorities scheme.

Under the just lately launched scheme, as many as 381 “budget” non-public colleges had provided 24,987 seats for EWS college students of presidency colleges for which the state will reimburse their price of Rs 700/1,100 per pupil. Only 1,665 college students from authorities colleges have most well-liked to go to those non-public colleges below the scheme which is simply 6.6% of the full provided seats. The final date of admissions was July 27.

The admission in non-public colleges was provided below “Chief Minister Equal Education Relief, Assistance and Grant (Cheerag)” scheme which has been launched instead of an analogous scheme launched by Bhupinder Singh Hooda authorities in 2007 below rule 134 A of Haryana School Education Rules, 2003.

Under the Cheerag scheme, college students whose mother and father have annual verified revenue of lower than Rs 1.8 lakh can take admission in non-public colleges from Class II to XII. According to CM Manohar Lal Khattar, below this scheme the federal government will give Rs 700 per pupil from Classes II to V, Rs 900 per pupil from Classes VI to VIII and Rs 1,100 per pupil from Classes IX to XII.

However, official sources say solely these colleges participated within the scheme which have very low price construction conserving in view the reimbursement provided by the federal government in lieu of the admissions.

An educationist stated: “Good private schools, especially in towns, charge more than Rs 3,000 monthly per student. In these circumstances, only those private schools – from villages or small towns – came forward which wanted an assured fee from the government in lieu of admissions. On the other hand, the students from government schools were not keen to leave their existing schools just to get admission in any private school. Further, location of the private schools also matters especially when the students don’t have an offer of lucrative education.”

A authorities official stated: “The students in government schools get almost free education apart from school dress, syllabus books, mid-day meal and scholarships for certain categories. So, students keep all these factors in mind before opting for the private schools in the neighbourhood.”

The official additionally stated the Cheerag scheme could get a greater response subsequent yr “as more private schools and students will come to know about the scheme”. However, Haryana Vidyalaya Adhyapak Sangh, a physique of presidency schoolteachers, will not be impressed with the Cheerag scheme and has already staged protests throughout the state opposing it.

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Former president of the sangh, Wazir Singh, stated: “This scheme is aimed to close the government schools. If the students have the option to get admission in private schools free of cost, later or sooner they will prefer the private schools. In place of paying their fee to the private schools, the government should strengthen the infrastructure of government schools and fill the vacant posts of teachers.”

However, a senior officer of the schooling division stated: “The scheme is optional; those who were willing to go to the private schools, they have gone. Those who wanted to stay in the government schools, they continued their studies there. The students might have limited options because they could go to only those schools which have offered the seats. If the students would like to continue in government school as compared to the private schools in their neighbourhood, it speaks well for the education department too.”