The Directorate of Education (DoE) has said that in order to study in a private unaided school under the EWS category, a migrant child must have stayed in the capital for three years so that his “education or seat does not go to waste”.
Children who don’t fit the bill are free to go to the many government schools instead where no such criteria holds, the directorate added.
In a reply to the Delhi High Court, the directorate said that “quota for EWS category in unaided private schools is not unlimited” and that in “order to accomplish optimum utilisation of the quota” and in the “interest of the child, continuous residency of three years is necessary so that the child’s education or his seat does not go to waste”.
The affidavit was filed by the DoE in response to a petition filed in the High Court by a child whose parents migrated to Delhi. The child is seeking admission to Class I at a private school under the EWS category. The parents of the child have challenged the precondition of having to stay in the city for at least three years to secure admission in a private school for their child.
“The objective for insisting on residence of the child for a period of three years prior to the date of seeking admission is that the seat offered to a child under 25 per cent quota in an unaided private school is utilised by the said child till the secondary and senior secondary level and the seat and the effort put in the child since the beginning of his/her education do not go waste in case the parents... are forced to frequently change residence from one state to another. With the said objective in mind, the sole endeavour is that the resources of the state could reach to the right recipients,” the affidavit notes.
The government said migrant parents had a general tendency to change cities.