Schools will face the risk of de-recognition if they admit children on the basis of parents’ education and professional profile.
Keen on uprooting the “discriminatory” criterion from nursery admissions, Delhi Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely threatened that from next year schools will face the harshest step in case of non-compliance.
“They will have to pay heed if they want to run a school here. We will issue a fresh notification next year to reiterate this,” said Lovely while speaking to Hindustan Times.
HT was the first to report the government's recent crackdown on city schools following this criterion.
The profession and education criteria adopted by many schools in Delhi have left parents — especially businessmen, housewives and the lesser qualified — disgruntled as they have lost points to professionals.
Bluebells School International and Gyan Bharti School in south Delhi are among those who had to alter their points system to comply with the tougher stand.
Others, who haven’t announced their first list, are now re-working their points system. Sanskriti School is one of them.
“We will comply with what the Directorate of Education has to say. The profession points will be adjusted across other existing factors,” said Abha Sehgal, principal, Sanskriti School, which had earlier set aside 40 points for parents’ profession.
But institutions, which have already closed their admission, might get away this year. Alhcon Public School, Mayur Vihar, which had accorded 30 points to profession, has already wrapped up its process.
“We do not want to cancel admissions. This will only amount to injustice to children and inconvenience to parents. But we are going to give these schools a tough time,” said an official, who wished to remain anonymous.