Parents of the children belonging to the economically weaker section (EWS) will not have to haggle and beg before private schools to accept forms for admission in nursery class anymore.
Reacting to the report published in Hindustan Times on Tuesday (‘EWS parents denied nursery forms on flimsy grounds’), Delhi education minister Arvinder Singh said parents under the EWS category will now be able to submit centralised forms at the office of the deputy director of education department.
“We have deployed special staff at the office of the deputy direction in each zone for the purpose. It will be the responsibility of this staff to send those forms to the respective schools and ensure that the forms are included in the lottery,” the minister said.
Singh said district admission monitoring committees have been formed in each district that are overseeing the issuance and submission of forms to the parents of both general category as well as the EWS category.
The government has also made the form available on its website — edudel.nic.in.
Singh added the education department this year has so far received 137 complaints of different nature from parents and it has already redressed more than 50% complaints.
Under the Right to Education Act, 2009, 25% of seats in all schools will have to be reserved for children from the EWS category.
All schools have to accept this common admission form and admission will be carried out through lottery.
While the Delhi government came out with a common admission form for the EWS category this year and directed all schools to distribute the forms without discrimination, there are complaints that a number of schools have failed to do so and have turned away parents from the school gates.
The concern of parents seeking admission for their kids in nursery class also reflected in the Delhi assembly, as a number of MLAs from the opposition raised questions in the house today.