Extend deadline for EWS kids' admission: Parents

Parents of children of Economically Weaker Section are having a hard time applying under the category for nursery admission for the 2015-16 academic session.

A child rights group has written to the Directorate of Education (DoE) to extend period of the admission process for the EWS category.

Parents said some private schools are not accepting OBC certificate from outside Delhi. “I belong to Darjeeling and some schools don’t accept OBC from outside Delhi,” said a parent seeking admission of his child.

A few guardians said that schools do not accept probational certificates. “My husband belong to OBC and his certificate is in the process of making. Schools don’t acknowledge the slip provided by the department making the certificate,” said a parent who is trying to get her son admitted to a private school.

“The EWS parents get around 10 to 12 days to procure the documents from government offices, but it takes longer to get these document made from officials who enjoy the extended weekend making it hard for us to get the required documents,” she added.

Some complained that schools have no fixed dates for the submission of EWS forms. “Few schools were so indifferent to us when we enquired about EWS forms it made us wonder if we should even be trying there. Others told us clearly that we can pay the fee and get admission upfront in general category on first come first-served basis,” said another parent.

A child rights group has written to the DoE highlighting the matter. “We are getting many complaints from EWS parents. Parents belonging to disadvantaged group are in panic because there is no guarantee if they would get selected in general category or in EWS,” said Sumit Vohra, founder of www.admissionsnursery.com.

All schools have differents dates for admission this year, he added. “We can understand that the admissions for general category are subjudice, but what is stopping DoE to start a helpline for EWS?” added Vohra.

The DoE had released the EWS guidelines on December 27.

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