In the absence of any concrete guidelines from the state governments, schools seem to be clueless about the implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act.
On Wednesday, a premier school in Gurgaon stalled their nursery admission, saying they will resume the process after they receive guidelines regarding the RTE Act from the government.
Delhi Public School, sector-45 in Gurgaon, which had started its admission process from August 2, has stopped it midway.
Parents who reached the school on Wednesday for an interaction or to pay fees were told that the school had “suspended the admission process till further guidelines from the government”.
The school sold the forms from August 2 to 10 and interaction with parents started from August 11.
The school website mentioned, “As per the latest government instructions regarding RTE, there are some changes in method of admitting children in various classes.
In the absence of clear guidelines/decisions at this moment, we are suspending all activities pertaining to the admission process, with immediate effect.”
Principal Aditi Misra said, “We were not really clear whether the Right to Education (RTE) Act is being implemented from this year or the next. We had started the admission process because we had received no communication from the government. But now we have received intimation from the government, saying implementing the act was mandatory.”
“We have to wait for their guidelines before we resume admissions. However, those who have been admitted already will not be affected,” Misra added.
“If the school says they will follow all the rules laid down by the government, how can they retain those who have
been admitted without following the RTE guidelines?” asked a parent.
Out of the 200 seats available, the school has already admitted 14 students in nursery this year.