The Delhi government has sent notices to all schools that are not sticking to the nursery admission schedule set by the directorate of education.
Some schools had announced conflicting dates for parents to buy and submit application forms. The directorate of education, however, had issued a guideline, saying that all schools will have to sell and accept forms from January 1 to January 15.
“We have sent notices to schools, including St Francis, Janakpuri, Mt Saint Mary, Delhi Cantonment, and Loreto Convent School, Delhi Cantonment, asking them to explain why they are not following the guidelines. Mt Saint Mary and Loreto Convent School have replied, telling us that they will give out forms on all 15 days. We have not received an official response from St Francis,” said Amit Singla, the director of education.
There are more schools flouting government guidelines. The Apeejay School chain has not given points for the different categories in the general category but has created sub categories, an action that the directorate has said is not permissible.
“I have not been approached by the authorities regarding the validity of our admission guidelines but if we are erring, we will change the system,” said DK Bedi, principal, Apeejay School, Pitampura.
According to the guidelines, schools cannot give points on the basis of the parents’ profession, education and income. Several schools are violating these guidelines, too.
“As in the past, many schools are flouting RTE guidelines openly by giving points to professions/occupations of the parents and asking for their incomes. Some schools are giving points for intercity transfer. This makes no sense as points for distance are given on the basis of the address of residence which generally does not change in case of transfers within the city. One school has just declared the explanation of 70 points. It seems they will manipulate the rest according to their whims and fancies,” said Sumit Vohra, founder, admissionsnursery.com.
Singla, however, said that all complaints will be taken seriously and will be acted upon.