Schools still tell parents to buy 'expensive' forms

Schools still tell parents to buy 'expensive' forms

Govts warning of punitive action doesnt deter schools

Parents are still having a hard time with the ongoing nursery admissions in Delhi. 

The government’s warning of punitive action has also fallen on deaf ears as many schools are not properly following the guidelines laid down by the Directorate of Education.

Many schools are forcing parents to buy prospectus at a price as high as Rs 500, while others are allegedly screening income and educational qualifications of parents.

Certain schools have stopped sale and submission of application forms before the January 16 last date and some have even tinkered with seat reservation meant for various categories, including the Economically Weaker Section (EWS), parents alleged. Biswanath Dash, a south Delhi resident trying to secure a nursery seat for his son in a reputed school, says he was taken for a ride by a school of that area.

Dash, a Central government officer, said he had visited a reputed school in Safdarjung area three days after the admission process had begun, but was told that the nursery branch is located in Vasant Kunj.

"After reaching there, I found that forms had already been sold," he said. "When I drew their attention towards the DoE guidelines, they told me I better approach DoE for forms," he added. Ranjeet Kumar, another harassed father, alleged that a top school in Dwarka has been forcing parents to buy prospectus for Rs 500 along with the application forms. "When I referred to the DoE guidelines, they told me that was not for them and I am free to complain," he posted on online parents' forum admissionsnursery.com.

Another parent, who bought a form from a school in Pitampura, said the school is asking income and educational qualifications not only of the child's parents but also of grandparents -- both maternal and paternal.

"This is a brazen example of how serious the schools in Delhi are in abiding the established norms. The government needs to take a look at the ground reality," says Sumit Vohra, founder of the admissionsnursery.com. However, the school officials rejected these allegations.

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