School scraps nursery lottery list after parents create ruckus
Admission for children from the EWS category is proving to be an uphill task yet again this nursery admission season. After a ruckus at Vivekanand Public School, Anand Vihar, on Monday over lottery for the EWS students, the school withdrew the first list it had issued.delhi Updated: Feb 13, 2014 00:35 IST
Admission for children from the EWS category is proving to be an uphill task yet again this nursery admission season.
After a ruckus at Vivekanand Public School, Anand Vihar, on Monday over lottery for the EWS students, the school withdrew the first list it had issued.
“On Monday, a lot of parents had protested, saying that all children within the 8-kilometre radius must be included in the lottery. After it was confirmed that the lottery for EWS would include those who stayed within one-kilometre radius, the lottery was conducted and the list put up. The school has suddenly decided to now scrap that lottery without giving any information,” said a parent.
According to some parents, the lottery may have been scrapped by the zonal education officer because of the ruckus created by parents on the first day.
The officer, US Kurmi, however, failed to provide a clear answer. When asked whether he had ordered the scrapping of the lottery he said, “I will find out and let you know.”
Education director, Padmini Singla, meanwhile, said that she was not aware of any such action and would look into the matter on Thursday.
Upper age limit
A number of parents have also complained about schools setting upper age limits for admission to nursery.
“The guidelines do not say anything about the upper age limit but the schools have gone ahead and imposed one. My daughter did not get admission anywhere last year and this year she is not eligible in a number of schools. The number of seats in kindergarten is negligible. A leeway of at least one year should be given,” said Pavan Kumar, an electrician, who lives in Ambedkar Nagar.
The directorate of education, however, clarified that the issue was still under consideration and no guidelines were issued in this regard.
“As of now, the schools are free to deliberate on this matter. We are planning to come up with a decision on this next year. There are a number of arguments that go in favour of setting an upper age limit and all aspects have to be taken into account,” Singla said.