Pvt schools protest common form for nursery admission

Private unaided schools approached the Education department on Monday against the possible introduction of common admission forms for general category students applying to nursery classes in the coming admission season.

An action committee, comprising principals and representatives of at least 130 schools, met Director Education Amit Singla in Bal Bharati School, Pitampura, to discuss the guidelines for the next session of nursery admissions.

At present, admission of children from EWS and disadvantaged groups is based on a common form. But the Education department is reportedly "considering bringing in a common admission form for the general category".

A move that the schools are protesting, claiming that it will infringe on their space and autonomy. "We told the Education department that we will not favour such an initiative as every school has its own character, and the government should not intervene in our autonomy," president of action committee S K Bhattacharya said.

Sources said the government will also declare a common date for lottery for general category admissions. The director reportedly told the action committee that the guidelines for nursery admissions will remain the same.

With orphans also being included in EWS and disadvantaged category, Bhattacharya said, "We have concerns about the authenticity of the certificates, which people bring to avail freeship."

Schools demanded that the government should set up a monitoring system to check the submission of false EWS certificates and also to consider a "punishment system" for such people.

"The Director assured us that our concerns will be looked into. The nursery admissions will start from January 1 and go on till March 31," Bhattacharya said.

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