The Delhi government may still be more than a month away from declaring nursery admission guidelines but a top school in Dwarka has already begun the admission process.
Venkateshwar International School (VIS) Kids started selling forms for nursery admissions last month and began interactions with parents last week in complete violation of the Directorate of Education (DoE) rules “All I want to know is how the school began its admission process when the admission guidelines have not been declared,” said a parent.
But this is not the only wrongdoing the school has been accused of. A number of parents have alleged that they were asked to pay a donation of R2 lakh to ensure their child’s admission.
“I was called for a meeting at VIS Kids on Sunday. The headmistress asked me and my husband about our occupation and whether our child went to a play school. We were clearly told that the interaction was for a management quota seat and if we wanted admission, we needed to pay R2 lakh over and above the admission fee,” said Ranjana, a parent who first reported the matter on the parents’ forum www.admissionsnursery.com. A complaint in the matter has also been filed with the DoE.
The principal of the school however denied the allegations. “Since we do not fall under the parent school, which is the Venkateshwar International School, we thought we did not have to follow guidelines for nursery admissions. As for the allegations of demanding a donation, I categorically deny them. A frustrated parent misbehaved with me in school a few days ago and I think he has spread this rumour,” said the headmistress of the school, who did not want reveal her name.
Director of Education Amit Singla, meanwhile, made it clear that all schools conducting nursery admissions will have to follow their guidelines. “As for the allegations of donations in return for admission, we will investigate the matter,” Singla said.