Indian HRD minister Smriti Irani is once again in the centre of controversy after an English newspaper reported that she had recommended a whopping 5,100 requests for admissions in the central government-run schools in a single academic year.
This is believed to be four times more than what Irani’s predecessors had recommended in the past.
“The minister recommended about 5,100 admissions at KV schools in 2015-16. The same was reported at the KVS board meeting and was noted,” an official who attended the October 30 meeting told Economic Times.
Irani took to twitter to issue a clarification alleging that the report had ignored ‘facts.’
Her tweet said;
@anubhutivishn All admissions r recorded as per requests frm MPs across parties+Bpl families. Ur source based lie as usual ignores facts.
— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) November 23, 2015
Irani, in her capacity as the Union HRD Minister, officiates as chairperson of the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, which is the administrative authority for the 1,000 Kendriya Vidyalas across India.
According to the report, KVS board of governors in their meeting last month had decided to increase the admission quota for MPs to 10 per year from six thereby enabling nearly 7,900 seats to be filled through MP quotas alone from the next academic session.
KVs cater to the schooling needs of children of transferable central government employees, admit about 1.5 lakh new students every academic year, with about 1 lakh of them into class I.