TWISHA HANS
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New Delhi, 6 January
Nursery schools in the Capital have been found breaching the guidelines of Directorate of Education (DoE), issued last month.
It was only a couple of days ago that show cause notices were issued by the DoE to BGS International School Dwarka, VSPK International School, Rohini and Prabhu Dayal Public School, Shalimar Bagh for putting up guidelines which apparently violated the DoE rules for admission on their website.
Again some schools, Bal Bhawan International School (Dwarka) and Prestige Convent Senior Secondary School (Rohini) were found to be flouting guidelines designed for the pre-nursery admissions.
"A distribution of points by the schools in the distance or neighbourhood criterion are not in line with the guidelines," said Sumit Vohra, of admissionsnursery.com who claims about keeping an observant eye on scores of schools in the city who are arranging nursery admissions for the session 2014-15.
In an updated admissions code by DoE, schools should also contain points for a number of terms such as school alumni, siblings, distance and transfer case.
According to the guidelines, admissions are to be routed on the 100-point system. Out of this, 70 points are to go to children living within an eight kilometres (km) radius of the school.
However, Bal Bhawan International School at Dwarka was found manipulating the admission criterion on the distance condition by fragmenting the distance points area-wise. The official website of the school points that applicants staying nearby Dwarka sec-12 (0-1 km) which apparently includes Dwarka Sec – 11, 12 & 13 will be given 70 points, within the radius of 1-4 km which includes all Sectors of Dwarka and Dwarka Mor will be given 50 and beyond Dwarka (4-8 km) which includes Uttam Nagar, Najafgarh, Palam 30 points.
Prestige Convent is also found flouting the L-G guidelines on nursery admissions on the Neighbourhood criterion. The school is offering 70 points for the radius of 0 – 6 kms whereas guidelines ask for the neighbourhood points to be given to the children living within an eight kilometres radius from the school.
Although, the school authorities are maintaining that it is done to give a leverage to the kids living in the nearby area. "The admission criteria is decided by the school authorities to give maximum benefits to the kids living near to the school," added an official from Bal Bhawan International School.