Two children from other cities denied admission in schools

Two children from financially weak backgrounds have been denied admission to class 9 and 11 at government schools in east and north Delhi.

The children have recently migrated to Delhi from Bihar and Gorakhpur. This has become a major barrier in getting admission.

Sawita, who gave her 10th board exams from the Bihar School Examination Board, recently shifted to New Kondli, East Delhi. She has been trying to get admission to Class 11 in government schools in her area. Her father who works as a helper in a ration shop for three to four years shifted the family to Delhi for better education opportunities.
Sawita had to approach many offices seeking admission.  When she sought admission at the Senior Secondary Girls’ School in Dalupura she was asked to apply in other schools.

Then she approached the Government Senior Girls’ School in New Kondli, where the principal said there are no vacant seats. 

She had even written to the Deputy Director of Education, East Delhi district to help her get admission at a government school in the area. But parents allege that principals have refused to accept the DDE’s signatures on the letter. 

Sawita fears that she might have to return to her village if she does not get admission in any schools.

Ramesh, who wants an admission to Class 9, has got a written permission from the DDE of north district which clearly states that schools should give him admission.

“Principals of government schools we approached refused to go by this permission. They said they do not have seats and prefer not to take students who have studied from other boards,” said his parents.

Khagesh Jha, advocate and RTE campaigner said: “The DDE has legal rights to direct principals to take admission if necessary. Several such cases have been reported.

A new trend has emerged where principals have started refusing all instructions given by DDEs.”

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