Parents, schools in a fix over nursery admissions
The recent guidelines issued by Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) on Right to Education for admissions for the session 2011-12, have led to more confusion among parents and schools.delhi Updated: Nov 28, 2010 23:38 IST
The recent guidelines issued by Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) on Right to Education for admissions for the session 2011-12, have led to more confusion among parents and schools. With the Delhi Government yet to notify the nursery admission guidelines, schools in the Capital feel that their concerns should be addressed before the Directorate of Education release any guidelines.
The new guidelines on RTE issued by MHRD say that no school would be allowed to profile students based on their parents' education. It allows schools to have categorisation based on a "rational and just" basis such as alumni and sibling. But within the categories schools will not be allowed to conduct interviews either of students or parents, hence admission will be done entirely on a random basis through draw of lots.
“What is “rational and just” for one may not be considered so by others? It is subjective, so there has to be clarity in defining these two words. The government should hold a consultation with parents and principals so that their concerns are heard,” said LV Sehgal, vice chairman of National Progressive School Conference and principal of Bal Bharti School, Gangaram Marg.
In the past, after the Ganguly Committee recommendations, schools had created a points system for nursery admissions. Points were allocated to various categories like neighbourhood, alumni, sibling, girl child and even first-born among others.
Principals feel the point system was a good way to ensure proper representation of students from all sections of society, which the lottery system may fail to do.
“What happens to an applicant who qualifies on all parameters like sibling, alumni, girl child and neighbourhood? Who will decide which category the child is eligible for? Besides this, what happens when in a lottery system in the categories such as sibling and alumni we only end up getting boys? How do we ensure gender parity? Or what if in a lottery, a child is unable to secure admission under the sibling category?” asked Ameeta M Wattal, principal, Springdales School, Pusa Road.
Besides the general categories some schools also allocated points in special categories such as linguistic minority and vegetarianism, non-smokers and non-drinkers. “We allocated points to vegetarians and non-drinkers and non-smokers keeping in mind the school’s philosophy. In random selection process this kind of a category may be overlooked,” said SL Jain, principal of Mahavir Jain School.