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Junk food may go off menus in Delhi schools

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The Delhi government told the Delhi high court that it would issue directions to schools in the Capital to ban sale of junk food and carbonated drinks after the Centre comes up with guidelines in three months. The Centre has told the court that all India guidelines in this regard will be in place by July 21.

“The Lt Governor has the power to issue directions under the Delhi School Education Act to ban sale of junk food in schools”, the government lawyer told a bench of Chief Justice D Murugesan and Justice Jayant Nath.

The court was hearing a PIL filed by Rahul Verma of NGO Uday Foundation seeking a ban on junk food in Capital’s schools. “It is time we change the way kids eat in schools. Such a ban will set new standards for healthy food. On one hand, children are taught in classrooms about good nutrition … on the other hand, we continue to make junk food available to them.”, he said.

Appearing for the centre additional solicitor general Rajeeve Mehra said private firm AC Nielsen QRG-MARG Pvt Ltd is in the process of framing norms in this regard after an all India survey He said that after draft guidelines are prepared, the food processing companies will be consulted for their opinion and then the final guidelines will be prepared.

“There are several reported incidents of food poisoning in the schools due to unhygienic food served in schools.

There is an increase in the quantity and variety of junk foods sold within the school premises that may have deleterious effect on child health both in short and long term. Incidents may be many more but they go unreported due to interior location and poor communication”, the health ministry told the court. (HT)

Panel tells 58 Delhi schools to refund ‘unjustly’ charged fee

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Indicting as many as 58 private schools in the Capital for charging excess tuition fees in 2009, the Delhi High Court-appointed Justice Anil Dev Singh Committee has recommended refund of the ‘unjustly hiked’ extra amounts to the parents.

The Committee has also recommended that the unjustified or unauthorised fees charged by these schools be refunded along with 9 per cent interest per annum as mandated by the High Court.

Submitting its second interim report to a Division Bench of Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice Siddharth Mridul on Friday, the Committee described the fee charged by these schools as ‘unjustly hiked.’

Of the 58 indicted schools, the Committee recommended special inspection of the accounts of 11 of them by the Directorate of Education of the Delhi Government. These schools have also not implemented the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations, the Committee stated.

At the same time, the financials of these schools did not inspire any confidence for a variety of reasons, the Committee added.

In respect of 47 schools, the Committee found that the fee hike effected by them in pursuance of the order issued by the Directorate of Education on February 2009 was either wholly or partially unjustified as these schools either had sufficient funds at their disposal to take care of the burden imposed by the implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations or the fee hike was more than what was required to fully absorb the pay hike.

The Committee further said that a number of schools had charged the development fee not in accordance with the criteria laid down by the Duggal Committee Report which was upheld by the Supreme Court.

While the schools were quick to charge the development fee as permitted by the Supreme Court, they turned a blind eye to the conditions of capitalisation of such fee and setting apart the funds in a separate fund and depreciation reserve fund accounts, the Committee said. In respect of 27 schools, the Committee has not been able to take a categorical view. (The Hindu)

Private Delhi schools can now run second shift

(Photo by Sybill Jecker/Brooks Institute, (C)2008)

Private unaided schools can now run a second shift after regular school hours. This shift, however, would have to be run as a separate entity with no common teachers or other school staff, according to a decision taken by the Delhi School Education Advisory Board on Wednesday.

Private schools have been asking for a second shift, saying it would put their infrastructure to optimum use and benefit more students. The DSEAB said maximum points would have to be given to the ‘neighbourhood’ criterion for nursery admissions.

The board, which includes the education minister, principal secretary and director, education, also said that for admission into nursery, a child cannot be older than three years, 11 months and 30 days as on March 30 of the academic year in which admission is sought. The upper limit for KG is exactly a year more than the nursery limit and two years more for class I.

The Board, however, decided that some relaxation in upper age-limit for children with special needs would be worked out. The lower age limit for nursery class is three years.
The DSEAB had been asked to give its opinion on double shifts in private schools. A south Delhi school had gone to court over the matter. Apart from education minister Kiran Walia, Wednesday’s meeting was attended by 15 members and a special invitee.

While allowing second shifts, the board also was decided that a committee would be constituted to work out the details.

According to R C Jain, president, Delhi State Public Schools Management Association, who is also a member of the board, “The second shift schools will be a separate entity with a separate set of teachers and there will be no compromise on salaries. Moreover, there will be no transfer of first shift students to the second shift. The admission criteria in the second shift will be same as that of the first shift with 25% reservation for EWS category under RTE Act.”

Schools which will be following the point system in the new admission season starting from January 1, 2013 have been asked to give maximum weightage to distance from school. (TOI)