Delhi High Court: Schools Cannot Deny Admission if DoE Confirms Eligibility under EWS/DG Category

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Published on: January 12, 2024 at 18:30 IST

The Delhi High Court has asserted that once the Directorate of Education (DoE) determines a child’s entitlement to preferential admission under the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) or Disadvantaged Group (DG) category, schools are obligated to grant admission to the child.

Justice C Hari Shankar emphasized the paramount importance of child welfare, stating that the law cannot tolerate a situation where, despite DoE confirming a child’s eligibility for admission, the school refuses admission.

Justice Shankar made these remarks while addressing a petition filed by a 7-year-old boy challenging a school’s denial of admission under the EWS category, despite the DoE’s allotment.

In response to the plea, the court upheld a previous order from September 15 of the previous year, directing the school to admit the minor in Class I under the EWS/DG/CWSN category for the 2023-2024 academic session.

The court mandated that the child should continue to receive education in the school within the specified category, in accordance with the law.

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