Delhi Government directs 105 schools to suspend nursery admission process

Nursery schools in the national capital area are facing action from the Delhi Government, apparently, after they failed to make their criteria public within the stipulated time frame, according to a PTI report. The Delhi Government had asked these schools to suspend their admission process, when the application process for admissions to the entry-level classes more than 1600 private schools began on December 15. The Directorate of Education (DoE) has also cautioned the parents not to approach the schools till they heard from them and added that this should not cause any inconvenience to the parents, in case the department initiates penal action against the non-complying schools.

“To maintain transparency and uniformity in admission, the admission process of these 105 schools at the entry level for session 2019-20 shall be on hold till further orders. If found that the said schools are taking admission despite being prevented from doing so, necessary action as per norms will be taken without any further notice,” the official said. The distance of student’s residence from the school, sibling quota, parents being alumni of the school, single child, first child are some of the criteria listed by schools for admissions to the entry-level classes.

Admission Criteria

The distance of student’s residence from the school, sibling quota, parents being alumni of the school, single child, first child are some of the criteria listed by schools for admissions to the entry-level classes. As per the schedule released by the DoE, the application window opened on December 15, and the last date of submitting application forms for nursery class admission for 2019-2- the session is January 7, 2019. What is more, the initial list of selected children, along with marks secured by them is expected to release on February 4. The second list will be out on February 21, and the nursery admission process will conclude on March 31.

Reservation

Furthermore, 25% seats in pre-school, pre-primary and Class I will be reserved for economically weaker sections/disadvantaged groups, according to the agency report. The DoE had instructed all private schools to upload their criteria — with points for each criterion — for admission in open seats, on its official website by December 14. Moreover, there is no clarity yet on the schedule of the EWS admissions.

The government has also set an upper age limit of fewer than four years to be eligible for the nursery, less than five years for kindergarten, and less than six years for admission to Class I. The proposal for an upper age limit was challenged in the High Court in 2017.

Though a Delhi High Court order last year had allowed the imposition of the upper age limit, the DoE had decided that the rule will be applicable only from 2019 academic session. Apart from the abolished criteria, the schools have been given autonomy to come up with their own points system, added the report.

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