New Delhi: In a bid to make the nursery admissions clear, transparent and parents friendly, the Leader of Opposition Vijender Gupta has demanded that the Delhi government pass legislation for the same. He has said that the absence of any such law, lakhs of children belonging to the underprivileged section of the society are being denied their right to admission into private schools.
While accusing the Delhi government of convoluting with the owners of private school, he said that in November 2015 they brought a bill to stop the screening process conducted by the school, which never became a law. This was done to ensure that the schools that have procured land from the government at cheap rates continue to collect donations from parents.
The government has been seen supporting the coterie of private school owners on a number of issues including nursery admissions, charging exorbitant school fees and exploiting their workers by paying them lower salaries. This is the reason that the bill to regularize nursery admission has not been made into a law yet.
Till the time a strong legislation is not brought in, the private school owners would keep the children from economically vulnerable sections of the society out on some pretext or the other. The private schools are not legally bound by the orders passed by the government in the absence of legislation, he further said.
The admissions into nursery would begin from Jan 2, 2017, yet the Education Directorate of the Delhi government has failed to issue any guidelines for admission of the children from BPL families and other economically weaker sections. The Right to Education Act, 2009 provides reservation of at least 25 per cent of the seats in private schools at the entry level for children aged 6 years or less from socially disadvantaged and economically weaker sections (EWS) in the neighbourhood.
In the majority of the cases, the private school owners, who have made a business out of education, have formulated their own rules of admission, thus creating more hurdles for students from the reserved category to get admission and opening new ways to extract donations from parents.