1,000 schools yet to declare criteria

Last date for nursery admission norms

With the deadline for schools to submit their nursery admission criteria ending on Friday, there are still more than 1,000 schools who have not notified the Directorate of Education (DoE) about the same.

According to a list with the Education department, out of a total of 1,737 schools, only 702 have submitted the criteria by Thursday. With Friday being a Christmas holiday for the schools, it is unlikely that they will follow the DoE’s instructions to bring out the criteria by December 25.

These schools include some big names like Blue Bells and Shri Ram School in Vasant Vihar.

Earlier, the government had asked schools to upload the criteria including points for each criterion on the DoE’s website by December 20 and later extended the deadline till December 25 and warning of “strict action” if they don’t follow the instructions.

However, according to senior education officials, it is unclear what action would be taken against the schools which do not abide by the instructions.

Out of those which have submitted the criteria, there are many such as Amity, Modern School in Vasant Vihar, Apeejay, etc, which have not uploaded it on their website, which goes against the DoE guidelines.

While the parents are anxious over non clarity on the criteria, their worries have been multiplied with many schools flouting the DoE’s norms while setting the criteria.

The government has asked the schools to “develop and adopt criteria for admission which shall be clear, well defined, equitable, non-discriminatory, unambiguous and transparent” for nursery admission starting from January 1.

Many private schools which have uploaded their schedule and criteria for nursery admissions, have clearly not confirmed to the guidelines.

For example, Vidya Niketan in Saket is giving 10 points to children of staff besides having a staff quota. Similarly, Queen’s Mary School at Tiz Hizari which released the criteria on its website has reserved five points for father’s and mother’s graduation, which goes against the DoE guidelines of giving any preference to qualification of parents.

“This shows that schools are not taking the DoE’s warnings seriously. It seems we have gone seven to eight years back at the time before the Ganguly committe was implemented,” said Sumit Vohra, activist and founder of nurseryadmission.com, an online portal representing parent community.

 

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