Parents in the working class neighbourhoods such as Amar Jyoti Colony in Rohini and resettlement colonies are either learning computers or hire some computers to apply for nursery admissions under the Economically Weaker Section category.
The Delhi government had announced that admissions under the EWS category would be done online this year. But apart from the announcement, there was no clarity on the process itself. Therefore, people in these colonies are coming together to work out solutions so that their children could get a seat in the school.
“The government says that the admission process will be online. How are we going to fill up the forms? I learnt how to use the computer. As soon as the gover nment notifies the admission process, I will set up camps in my colony to help everyone fill up forms for their kids,” said Sanjay Kumar Sahu, a taxi driver, who lives at Amar Jyoti Colony in Rohini. Sahu’s two kids are already studying in a renowned school under the EWS category.
The admission process for the general category is scheduled to begin on January 1, but for poor kids it has been slightly deferred.
Till last year, the Delhi government’s Directorate of Education (DoE) used to upload the admission for ms. The parents could download the forms and submit them at the schools. The schools then held a draw of lots to decide admissions. Starting this year, the government will conduct the draw of lots.
Residents of resettlement colonies such as Mukundpur, Burari and Bharola, are also busy devising their way out. “I was worried when the government announced that the admissions will be online. None of us know how to work on a computer and we did not know how the gover nment will conduct the admissions. So, parents in my colony have formed a group and we will soon decide how are we going to admit our wards to schools,” said Falesh Kumar, a resident of Mukundpur, who wants to apply to GD Goenka School for his son’s admission.
In some other colonies, people have decided to hire computers for the application process. They will also hire a professional who will help the parents fill up the forms online. Some NGOs are also coming forward to extend a helping hand.
“Parents are coming together to ensure their children get admitted to best of schools. This is a positive step. We will provide them whatever they require,” said Khagesh Jha, member Social Jurist, an NGO which works in the field of education.