Saturday, February 16, 2013

Nursery Admissions: Schools In Delhi Are Openly Flouting Laws And Norms

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act was passed with a good intention but it is now proving to be a bane for parents and young students. Various private schools are openly violating the laws and norms laid down by the Act as well as various circulars issues by the Directorate of Education, Delhi.

What is more frustrating is the fact that there is absolutely no transparency and fairness while selecting children for pre nursery and nursery admissions. Various private schools are openly engaging in money minting exercise and Delhi Government and Central Government is not doing anything in this regard.

Even legal experts have expressed their dissatisfaction with the present education Act of India. They believe that the net result of the Right to Education Act is to give “Full Leverage” to Schools, imposing “Obligations” upon the Parents and “Abdicating” the Constitutional Duties on the part of the State.

Nothing can describe the present situation more aptly than the above mentioned analysis. In fact, we ourselves analysed this position and found that education system of Delhi needs urgent reforms.

For instance we analysed the websites of some schools in Pitampura regions and found that they are openly violating the norms laid down by the Directorate of Education. We analysed the first lists issued by various schools in the region like Bal Bharti Pitampura, Bal Bharti Rohini, APJ Pitampura, DAV Pushpanjali, Lancer Convent, etc and none of them have mentioned the points earned by the selected students in a single list.

These schools have simply released the first list without any break up of points on the basis of which the list has been issued. Now how would parents analyse whether their wards have been excluded genuinely or deliberately from the first list.

The selection procedure has been deliberately kept in dark and unfair so that corrupt practices can be undertaken. If Schools like Bal Bharti, APJ, DAV, Lancer etc are neither conducting draws in front of parents nor providing the details of points earned by each applicant how can the fairness and transparency be ensured?

In fact, the Directorate of Education has clearly mentioned that points have to be mentioned against each student’s name so that transparency can be ensured.

In these circumstances, the Delhi High Court is much justified in asking for transparency in the admission procedure among schools in Delhi. The Delhi High Court would also be justified to quashing the admission list already issued by various schools as that smacks the elements of violation of various laws and regulations and corrupt practices.

Related Updates

We have also started an online movement that is primarily requesting the Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh, Chief Minister of Delhi Mrs. Sheila Dikshit and Hon’ble Delhi High Court and Hon’ble Supreme Court of India to interfere and punish the guilty schools their management and the corrupt individuals.

As background information about our initiative, please see the following articles in this regard:

(1) Right To Education: A Successful Failure Of India

(2) Nursery Admissions In Delhi-The Legalised Education Mafia

(4) Schools In Delhi That Do Follow And Do Not Follow Laws And Norms

Some of these articles are also available at here, here and here.

We would keep on updating the list from time to time.