Private schools in Delhi to display seat info, vacancies on notice boards
The Delhi directorate of education ordered the schools to display the information in Hindi and English on notice boards and put them at such a place on the campus that these are visible from outside.education Updated: Aug 08, 2017 07:41 IST
The government wants the Capital’s private schools to put on their notice boards the number of seats in the institution, mentioning how much is reversed for the poor, and vacancies in each class.
The move is aimed at preventing schools from refusing admission to students from economically weaker sections (EWS).
No vacancy is allegedly often cited to deny enrollment to poor students by private schools that are recognised by the Delhi government but don’t get any financial aid from it.
The directorate of education ordered the schools to display the information in Hindi and English on notice boards and put them at such a place on the campus that these are visible from outside. Besides, the information on the board must be updated once a week.
“They also have to display … the total applications received under the EWS quota,” an official said.
The schools also have to inform when these applications will be taken and the date for admissions.
“The order follows a recent court direction. Now we have online admission for EWS so some schools thought they just have to update information online. The order is to ensure they display the information publicly on notice boards,” the official said.
Poor parents may not have access to the internet or net-savvy to check the online notices.
Atishi Marlena, adviser to education minister Manish Sisodia, said the step will help fill EWS seats.
Education officials will visit each school to verify the information.
The schools are also directed to update the information online on the education department’s website, www.edudel.nic.in.
“Displaying the information on a notice board, which is easily accessible to the public, will help everyone to get the information,” said the principal of a private school in east Delhi.
The principal of Mount Abu school, Jyoti Arora, has similar views.
“This will help parents know the details about seats and vacancies in all categories. We used to update some of this information earlier. But now we are asked to display detailed information.”