Nursery admissions: Online forms for EWS category out today
The government will conduct the computerised draw of lots on March 7. The last date to fill the application form is February 21education Updated: Jan 22, 2018 12:41 IST
Parents can fill the centralised online application form for nursery admissions to around 1,700 private schools for the economically weaker section (EWS) and disadvantaged groups (DG) from Monday, according to a circular issued by the Delhi government’s education department.
The government will conduct the computerised draw of lots on March 7. The last date to fill the application form is February 21.
Unlike previous years, the Directorate of Education (DoE) will conduct computerised lottery system for admissions for all 1,700 private unaided recognised schools.
The circular said that parents need to file only one application form. “Multiple applications filed by an individual applicant shall lead to cancellation of candidature of the applicant, even after succeeding in draw of lots for admission,” it said.
All private unaided recognised schools except for minority institutions have to keep 25% of their total seats reserved for EWS category under the Right to Education (RTE).
Till last year, around 1,100 schools, which come under the Delhi School Education Act and Rules (DSEAR) 1973, were allotted applicants through the online system. The remaining 600 schools, which are recognised up to elementary level by the DoE under RTE Act, 2009, used to issue offline application forms.
“Now, no private unaided recognised/provisionally recognised by DoE shall admit any child offline at entry level classes,” a circular issued by the DoE said.
The EWS/DG nursery admissions will have an upper age limit for admission even though there was no age limit for admission on general seats. The DoE had said the age limit for admission to nursery is 3-5 years, for KG is 4-6 years and for Class I it is 5-7 years. The move has been largely criticised by activists and parents.
Families with annual income less than ₹1 lakh can seek admission under the EWS category, the DG category applicants include — SC, ST, OBC, non-creamy layer, physically challenged, orphan and transgender and all children living with or affected by HIV.
EWS admissions in nursery classes have been under scanner due to large number of seats remaining vacant. For last academic year (2017-18) out of the over 27,000 seats under the category, only about 19,000 seats were filled.