A day before the nursery admission is set to be gin, the Directorate of Education(Do E) advised schools adopting arbitrary criteria like management quota and on food habits to correct and modify them.
Though the DoE has issued a circular on it, almost all the schools in the city have 20 percentage of seats allotted as management quota.
DOE in a circular said that it has analysed criteria of schools and noticed that some schools have also included criteria against the spirit of Right to Equality as enshrined in the Constitution.
“… some schools have adopted criteria like management quota, vegetarian, nonalcoholic, non-smoker, written test, oral communication skill, interview, educational qualification of parents, marks in previous class etc. These criteria are contrary not only to the principles mentioned above but also against the spirit of Right to Equality as enshrined in the Constitution. Also no management quota marks be allotted for the seats,” DOE said in a circular.
However, schools say that the management quota is not arbitrary.
“Management Quota cannot be termed arbitrary. This has been going on for a very long time and it has been accepted even by the Ganguly committee,” said SK Bhattacharya, president Action Committee.
But there are parents who feel that removing of this quota will give fair chance to everybody.
“Directorate has issued a circular now, but almost all schools have this quota. This is going to be another cause of confusion,” said Ruhi Tewari, a resident of Malviya Nagar. She would be applying to almost 10 schools for her daughter.
HT had on December 29 reported that arbitrary criteria schools were adopting, including allotting points to students if their parents are vegetarian, teetotaller and non smokers.
DOE has asked schools to develop and adopt clear, well defined, equitable, non-discriminatory, unambiguous and transparent criteria for nursery admissions.
“All the Un-aided Private Recognized Schools in Delhi are advised to correct and modify their admission criteria if it is not in line with above said principles,” it said.
Further this is not only the thing, according to the information available with DoE there are still 88 schools who have failed to notify the admission criteria.
As many as 88 out of 1,737 private schools have not notified their criteria despite the education department passing three deadlines and warning of strict action.