Make nursery admissions hassle free
It pinches you only once but strongly. The ‘nursery admission’ is one of the major issues for parents who come out to search for a desirable school for their kids. Policy after policy, coupled with court directions, the mess of admission has become more complex for parents despite an open demand for donation which is to the tune of lakhs of rupees.
“Getting our children admitted in good schools is one difficult job for us. When I went to a near-by private school for getting my daughter admitted, they made me run from pillar to post. Sometimes they even ask for identity proofs, sometimes demand birth certificates and the like. Some schools ask for donations, too,” said Vidya Prasad Goswami, a tailor by profession. The demand for donation is not restricted to well-off families only but even in schools for the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) despite 25 percent reservation of seats.
“We expect the new government to come up with a clear policy on admission in nursery classes in the city. There are some private schools that offer money to parents from EWS category to withdraw their child from the school to get seats vacant and then virtually sell it on hammer to well-off families,” said Ashok Aggarwal, president of All India Parents’ Association.
He further added that another trick that is often used by schools is to give scholarships to applicants and admit the student under EWS category, whereas the amount for scholarship is already paid by the parents in advance. Donation asked from parents depends upon the ‘standard’ of the school.
“The admission is really a tough process in the city and the ordeal is faced by every parent be it general or EWS category. The deteriorating standards of government schools has also added fuel to fire,” said D K Taneja, President of Delhi Parents Association.
The school management, however, keep on blaming the government for changing policies on admissions.
“We set some criteria like distance from neighbourhood and the like to make selection process easier. Accordingly, students are being selected. Admission to children under EWS category is given as required,” said Satveer Sharma, principal of Vidya Bal Bhawan Senior Secondary School in Mayur Vihar.
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