One-fourth of seats reserved for EWS still vacant at Delhi private schools

Published on: Aug 31, 2018 11:46 IST
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The school admissions are tensed time for students as well as the parents. A survey has claimed that approximately one-fourth of seats reserved for applicants under the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and disadvantaged categories are still vacant at Delhi's private schools because students did not report for admission, according to feedback received by the Directorate of Education (DOE). Official records demonstrate that there were 48,122 seats accessible intuition based schools in the Capital under this classification. Near 12,600 have been set apart as unreported. "These are particularly in great/presumed schools, there is no motivation behind why guardians ought not report for affirmations," express the minutes of a DOE meeting hung on August 16 to examine the criticism from tuition-based schools.

The minutes demonstrate that the quantity of admissions finished so far under these classifications is 31,726, while 1,725 are on the hold list. The Directorate led the fourth draw for the seats on August 21. As indicated by the Right to Education Act, 25 per cent seats are to be held for students from the EWS and disadvantage category. The number is ascertained based on general class affirmations.

According to the minutes of the meeting, District Deputy Education officers have likewise been coordinated to check with guardians of candidates under the general category on the off chance that they were denied confirmation in seats lying empty in that portion. "If some parents (from the general category) approached schools and the school rejected them, that goes on to prove that the school deliberately curtailed general category admissions in order to avoid EWS/DG admissions at entry level. Action against such schools must be initiated," the minutes state.

"This data has not been verified by the DOE. They simply accept whatever is fed by the schools. In many such cases, parents have filed grievances online but they have still not been addressed. In some cases, the online admission portal has made errors in calculating the distance between the home and the school, due to which students have not been able to take admission," Khagesh Jha, a lawyer with Social Jurist, an NGO working for EWS admissions said.

It has been recorded that there are still 988 applicants whose status has not been updated, and 302 have been given provisional admission. There are as many as 1,054 candidates who were rejected, records show.

"Directions have been given to DDEs to put the names of students, school-wise, on an Excel sheet and check from individual parents whether they reported to the respective schools or not. They have also been asked to expedite the process of those on the waiting list. Also, no school can reject admissions to those students who have been allotted seats. This can happen only if the deputy directors have given a written order. We will check this, as well," said a senior DOE official to Indian Express.

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