No nursery admission will be double whammy for EWS students, say parents and experts

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With the Delhi authorities considering skipping nursery admissions subsequent educational session in view of the Covid-19 pandemic, many parents ready to enrol their youngsters, below the reserved Economically Weaker Section (EWS) class, expressed concern saying that their wards would possibly miss out on the chance to get “quality education”.

Under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009, 25% of seats are to be reserved for the EWS/Disadvantaged group (DG) class in entry-level courses— nursery, KG, and I — in all non-public colleges.

HT had on December 24 reported that officers from the Delhi authorities confirmed that the federal government was contemplating skipping the admissions in entry-level subsequent yr in view of the pandemic scenario.

Amit Kumar, who works in a store in Lajpat Nagar, mentioned that her daughter (5) was not given admission this yr by a personal college regardless of her identify showing within the checklist of chosen candidates issued by the Directorate of Education (DoE). “The school said they can only take her when they get more general category admissions. Her admission is still pending. In case she doesn’t get admission this year and the enrollment process won’t happen next year what will she do till 2022? None in my family is educated to teach her at home. We can’t even afford to enroll her in any other private school in the general category,” he mentioned.

Another father or mother, Ajay Sharma, a labourer from JJ-camp Prasad Nagar (Molarband extension), mentioned, “I have never been to school but I want both of my sons to get a good education. This year both my sons (6 and 5-year-old) had applied for admission in classes nursery and 1 under the EWS category. None of them could get admission in any private school. In case the admission process will not be conducted next year, both of them will exceed the upper age limit for admission in these classes by 2022,” he mentioned.

As per the norms, the higher age restrict has been fastened to five, 6, and 7 years for admission within the nursery, KG, and Class 1, respectively, for EWS/DG college students.

The admission course of below the EWS/DG already disrupted this yr as a result of extended closure of faculties amid the pandemic. According to the info offered by the DoE, over 17,000 out of the out there 50,000 (approx) EWS/DG seats throughout 1,700 non-public unaided colleges are nonetheless mendacity vacant. The DoE has prolonged the final date of admission until December 31.

A senior DoE official mentioned, “Many schools have also kept many students on the waiting list since their general category seats in these classes are also vacant. Schools enroll general and EWS category students in a 3:1 ratio. Many low-budget private schools have witnessed a drop in admissions due to the pandemic situation this year.”

Experts mentioned that the proposal of not conducting admission subsequent yr will hit EWS college students probably the most. Ekramul Haque of NGO Mission Taleem mentioned, “Admissions under the RTE act are the only way of getting better and equal education opportunities for poor kids. If the government decides not to conduct admission in 2021-22, an entire group of poor students will be deprived of free and compulsory education they are entitled to. The government should take this aspect in consideration before taking any decision.”

Advocate Ashok Agarwal, president of All India Parents Association, mentioned, “What if the schools reopen by June or July? General category parents can enroll their kids in private schools in neighbouring Noida and Gurgaon. But where will the poor kids go? Parents completely oppose this proposal of the government.”

A senior authorities official mentioned that any determination relating to the admission will be taken after consulting with all stakeholders. “The government will take advice from all stakeholders including schools, parents, and experts before taking any decision.”

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