The admission season is on and so is the flouting of the Right to Education (RTE) Act by Delhi’s top schools which are asking students to take tests to get into junior classes.
Modern School, Barakhamba Road, Amity International School, Saket and Gyan Bharati School, Saket have all asked students seeking admission to Classes 2 to 8 to sit entrance exams in violation of the RTE act.
No school shall, while admitting a child, subject the child or the parents to any screening procedure, says the act that guarantees free and compulsory elementary quality education to all children aged between 6 and 14.
Students applying for Classes 6 to 9 in Modern School have to take the test on March 22. Gyan Bharati is done with it and results will be out on March 9.
Modern School principal Lata Vaidyanathan told HT admissions to Classes 2 to 8 were done without a test.
But the school website says something else.
“An entrance examination is conducted normally in the second or third week of March and the candidates are tested in the subjects of English, mathematics, science and Hindi,” it says.
"The candidates who qualify the written examination are called for an interview and they must be accompanied by both the parents," says the Modern School website.
Vaidyanathan claimed that the notice was a mistake.
For Amity, Saket, forms were available online till February 15. The website, too, says admission will be based on a student's performance in the written test. The school refused comment.
A complaint was sent to the directorate of education (DOE) last week.
"Despite the complaint, no action has been taken. Why can't the government have a regulation for admission to these classes as well?," said Sumit Vohra, founder, admissionsnursery.com, a forum for parents.
The DOE would take strict action against the erring schools, Delhi education minister Kiran Walia told HT.