The Delhi government’s Directorate of Education (DoE) may have issued a public circular asking city schools to follow the rules for nursery admission, but it doesn’t seem to have made much of a difference on the ground.
The circular was a reminder to schools that they can’t force parents to buy school prospectuses along with forms. But schools probably haven’t paid any heed as it remained the top complaint by parents on Monday as well.
“I went to buy the form of a prominent school in Dwarka but they forced me to buy the prospectus as well. I had complained against the school on the DoE website as well but the school has not stopped the practice,” said Ramesh Mahindroo, a resident of Dwarka.
Schools forcing parents to buy prospectuses is, in fact, the top complaint that has reached the DOE. Nearly 50% of the complaints drew the authorities’ attention towards the blatant flouting of guidelines.
According to the DOE nursery admission guidelines, the admission form can’t cost more than R25 and no school can force parents to buy the prospectus.
But the cost of forms isn’t the only problems the parents are facing. Arbitrary points criterion such as representative affirmative action (RAA) and noble causes is another area where schools have not taken any action.
The websites of Apeejay Schools still mention RAA as prominent points criteria despite the circular being released on Saturday evening. Many parents have also questioned the effectiveness of the circular with only one day left for the sale of forms.
“Most schools are ignoring the reminder as they know that the authorities cannot penalise them in a day’s time,” said a parent, on condition of anonymity.
The DOE officials, however, said the circular did not state anything new and that actions against schools were being taken.
“The circular only reiterates what the guidelines have earlier stated. We are issuing show-cause notices to all schools that are flouting guidelines,” said Amit Singla, director, Education.