4th August, 2022 POLITY AND GOVERNANCE
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- The state government of Haryana has recently launched the Cheerag scheme to provide “free education” to Economically Weaker Section (EWS) students of government schools in the “budget” of private schools.
- Under the scheme, government school students whose parent's annual income is less than Rs 1.8 lakh can enrol in private schools from Class II to XII.
- The government will provide monthly Support of;
- Rs 700 per student from Classes II to V.
- Rs 900 per student from Classes VI to VIII.
- Rs 1,100 per student from Classes IX to XII.
- More than 530 “budget” private schools have applied under the Cheerag scheme to offer seats to EWS students.
- However, the authorities found that only 381 schools were eligible due to various reasons.
- The selected 381 private schools have offered around 25,000 seats. However, less than 1700 students have preferred to enrol on the scheme.
- According to some activists the scheme aimed at encouraging private schools at the cost of government schools.
- They suggested that Instead of offering free education in private schools, the government should strengthen the infrastructure at government schools and fill the vacant posts of teachers.