While higher education is taking a great toll in India, the Central government is taking measures to ensure that there are more and number of graduates in the country with suitable employment options. Aligned with the same, Delhi government took a commendable step recently by clearing the guidelines for primary education. Primary education is as important in a student’s life as is higher education, maybe even more so.
The recently appointed lieutenant governor of Delhi, Anil Baijal, approved the guidelines for 298 such private schools running on government lands. The admission process had started on the 2nd January but the process could not commence at these schools as they were awaiting the confirmation of approval from the LG of the state. The major criterion for the admission to these primary schools was the distance of the child’s residence from the selected school. The guidelines also stated that the schools “shall not refuse admission to the residents of the locality”.
Clearing the definition of what neighborhood schools would mean, the guidelines state that students who are residing within 1 km of the school will be given preference in the admission process and if seats are not filled, preference will be given to students residing within 1-3 km of the school. Also, “Students residing beyond 6 km’s shall be admitted only in case vacancies remain unfilled after considering all the students within 6 km’s area,” the guidelines read.
The application process is due to end on the 23rd January and the criteria for the admission if to be decided by the respective school under the circumstance that they do not allow any of the abolished 51 criterion to be on the list. This abolished criterion list includes parent’s education, parent’s profession, age, oral test, and interview.
The final list of the students securing the admission in these schools shall be announced on February 15, 2017. There are in total over 1400 private schools in Delhi which will be accepting the applications of students within the state. The schools with the Minority status will have the rights to reserve seats for the particular minority, irrespective of the distance of the neighborhood limits. Also, schools which are set up in the Specific Categories will have to reserve 25 percent of their seats for EWS/DG Category as mandated by Right to Education Act, 2009, while the rest of the seats are to be declared open for the general category.