EWS parents find it hard to complain

EWS parents find it hard to complain

Can't use DoE website as link shows English content

Parents belonging to the Economically Weaker Section category are having a hard time registering complaints online on the recently launched grievance redressel mechanism by the Directorate of Education.

They say they cannot fill up forms in English and go to the link and register complaints.
“How can we register complaints online when we don’t know how to operate a computer?” said Sunil Lal (name changed), who works with a municipal corporation. “I have applied in a school, but they are asking too many documents. I don’t know how to voice my concern,” added Lal, who is a driver with the civic agency.

On December 31, the Directorate of Education had issued a circular that parents of EWS children could file complaints related to the admission process for entry-level classes online on the DoE’s website, edudel.nic.in at the link ‘Grievances RTE Act-09’.

Experts said that EWS parents are facing problems as schools are asking for documents like income certificate with caste certificate. “The government has failed to mention the disadvantage group in most of its official communication. These communities have therefore failed to benefit from the provision provided for in the referred section of the RTE Act,” said Sumit Vohra, founder of admissionsnursery.com

“Due to lack of standard procedures, schools have been demanding multiple documents to establish the qualification of the candidate, especially the income certificate as well as the caste certificate from SC/ST and disadvantage groups,” Vohra added.

The DoE had issued a notice to institutions to accept food security card as proof of income from parents applying under the Economically Weaker Section category for 2015-16 nursery admissions.

The DoE said that food security cards issued by the food and civil supplies and consumer affairs department would be considered as documentary proof for applying under EWS category in entry-level classes of private unaided recognised school in Delhi, in addition to income certificate.

The DoE added that schools must display a single list, mentioning the names in alphabetical order, of selected general category and EWS children.
DH News Service