It was meant to make education accessible to the economically weaker section (EWS) of society, but procedural complications will now lead to all EWS seats in the 250-odd MCD-recognised schools in the city going waste.
According to Municipal Corporation of Delhi’s education department, there are about 250 schools that did not issue a single form to parents from the EWS category, as no one came forward to claim the seats reserved under it.
The reason: The parents were unable to produce
the documents to support their EWS claim.
Under the EWS category, the parents from the category have to furnish low-income certificate, residential proof of last three years and a ration card.
MCD officials claimed that a number of schools were complicating the admission procedure so that they don’t have to admit to students under the category.
“The last date for issuing the prospectus was February 15. Considering a huge chunk of schools have not been able to issue a single form under the EWS category, we are now planning to ask for an extension of the last date,” said Mahender Nagpal, chairman of the Education committee.
The MCD said that lack of publicity of these seats available in private schools was the cause of the lukewarm response.
“Schools that are recognised by us generally used to admit students till August. However, this year it has been changed to February 15. Several parents are not even aware that admission process has started,” said a senior MCD official.
“The government should have come up with a list of all the 757 recognised schools. A number of parents are not even aware which schools are recognised ones. Also, they should publicise the EWS scheme to ensure more parents come forward,” said Ashok Aggarwal, advisor of Social Jurist, a civil rights group.
The education department of the MCD is now going to hold a meeting on Thursday to decide on the extension date.