Parents in Chd split over quota removal in Delhi schools
Parents and principals of the UT schools have mixed opinion about the Delhi government’s cabinet decision to do away with the “highly opaque” management quota seats, alongside striking off more than 60 criteria in order to make nursery admission transparent and more reasonable.education Updated: Jan 13, 2016 12:43 IST
Parents and principals of the UT schools have mixed opinion about the Delhi government’s cabinet decision to do away with the “highly opaque” management quota seats, alongside striking off more than 60 criteria in order to make nursery admission transparent and more reasonable.
While the 25% reservation under the economically weaker section (EWS) has been excluded from this, various local stakeholders feel it could help.
Strawberry Fields High School director Atul Khanna said, “While I feel it could be implemented in most other cases. I am not sure if the sibling quota should be done away with since as a parent, one would prefer to send kids to the same school. So, I have my reservation about the sibling quota.”
Principal of St John’s High School Kavita C Das said, “I am not much in favour of it as these quotas are also based on the high court’s decision. I am sure the court also saw some logic in implementing the same.”
She added, “There are certain moral rights involved and it shouldn’t be at the cost of depriving those who otherwise might not be able to easily seek admission. Also, why must alumni not be able to seek admission under that quota or two siblings.” Das said it was a question of practicality as well.
For administrator of St Kabir Public School Gurpreet Bakshi, it is a matter of categories and quotas being just and transparent. “We have not kept a management quota, although management quotas are legally allowed,” Bakshi added.
President of SSATWA, Chandigarh, Arvind Rana said, “Quotas of any kind for admission in schools, except EWS, should not be allowed in private schools as these are against the spirit of the Right to Education (RTE) Act. If private schools of the city are providing any such quota, then it should be stopped in the spirit of the RTE.”
DSE (director school education) Rubinderjit Singh Brar said, “It is too soon to say anything and while we might consider the same, it cannot be implemented this year, since the admission process is already underway here.”
For Sheaba Kocchar, who will be seeking admission for her second child, it is a cause of worry. “Well, the sibling quota can definitely prove to be of help and ideally speaking, it won’t be convenient for me to send my children to two different schools,” she said.
Another parent, requesting anonymity, who has applied under the alumni quota in Vivek High School this year said, “I think it’s only fair to have management and alumni quota. Chandigarh’s situation is different from Delhi, where parents’ skills such as painting, drawing or even being non-vegetarian are taken into consideration.”
President of the Independent Schools’ Association, Chandigarh, HS Mamik said, “The Delhi government wants to tweak ordinances and wants education at subsidised fee for the poor at the expense of private institutions. This is totally illogical and illegal. Rich students cannot be taxed in this manner to pay for the EWS quota students.”
The government must pay the price for the service demanded to stop bullying and shortchanging the private schools by fixing a reimbursement cost equivalent to just 20-25% of the actual cost.” He added, “To make this work, there are two choices — open new government schools and pay the actual fee of the private schools where service is sought.”