HC Overturns 60% Quota For Kids Of Top Civil Servants Citing “Equality In Education”

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HC Overturns 60% Quota For Kids Of Top Civil Servants Citing “Equality In Education”


News / Headlines   /   Nov 07, 2015

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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday overturned the 60% quota for children of Group A officials of Indian Civil Services in Sanskrit School as it maintained that the Constitutional Right to Education also includes the right to “equality in education”. It further observed that equality in education can be achieved only through Common School System.

 

A bench consisting of Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice Mukta Gupta said: “reserving seats for a particular branch of the Indian Services disadvantages children of persons engaged in other branches.”

 

Against the government’s stance that there were “no good schools” or “elite schools” available for the children of Group A services officers and that there were not enough number of Kendriya Vidyalayas in the city which can accommodate all the students, the bench suggested that the court could have set another KV in the city.

 

“The state cannot provide funds to any private individual to establish a school for an elite segment of the society. Unless on the principles of reverse discrimination a justification can be given to make available funds to private individual which establishes a school for the underprivileged, there can be no state funding to a private individual in the field of education,” the bench stated.

 

The court also asked the Centre to see whether the school can be made part of the existing Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan.

 

“As regards Sanskriti School, we direct the Union Government to take an appropriate decision in light of the present decision and in particular whether the school can be made part of the existing Kendriya Vidayalaya Sansathan or alternatively in what manner the wrong can be rectified keeping in view the present decision,” the bench added.

 

The school was started in 1998 and was run by the spouses of top government officers, reserving 60% seats for children of Group-A officer. Since 2009, it has been rated among the best schools in the city.

 

The issue came up in 2006 when the court observed that the school was charging nearly 40% less fee from the children of Group A officers as compared to other students.

 

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