Friday, October 10, 2014

RTE effect: More problems, no solutions. Private Schools want admission rules relaxed

Shikha Sharma | New Delhi  October 10, 2014
Stating that it was “extremely embarrassing” for schools to refuse admission to children of officers, politicians and social workers, unaided private schools in the city have written to the government asking it to have a “pragmatic approach” to the issue of management quota during nursery admissions this year.
The letter also requested that schools be allowed to have “20-25 per cent seats as discretionary management quota”. However, schools have said that “there should not be any donation linked to any kind of admission”.
“No reason has been cited for abolition of management quota. As officers, politicians and social workers generally recommend admissions , it becomes embarrassing when we refuse them. Sometimes, it causes unpleasant situations as officers take the refusal to heart and become vengeful,” reads the letter written by S K Bhattacharya, president of Action Committee for Unaided Private Schools, to the Delhi government.
 “We strongly feel that we should have a pragmatic approach to the issue of management quota and that 20-25 per cent seats may be allowed as discretionary management quota,” the letter states.
Schools also argued that when Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) across the country can have special provisions for reservation of seats, why couldn’t the same rules be applied to them.
“We have requested that schools be allowed to keep the management quota. Private schools do not take a single rupee from the government, yet we don’t have the power to take a decision on admissions… Besides, if KVs and other institutions can have quotas, why can’t private schools?” Bhattacharya told Newsline.
Meanwhile, the National Progressive School’s Conference — another body of private schools — has also written a letter to the government, giving suggestions on the various parameters for nursery admissions.
They suggested that points for neighbourhood, child’s background, siblings studying in the same school (with a cap on number of siblings), alumni, and management quota may be continued, while points for inter-state transfer and parents’ marital status should be discontinued.
“Some parents  want management quota as it makes it easier for them to get their children in. However, the government should think about the majority of the parents who lose out on a  good school due to this system,” Sumit Vohra, founder of, said.
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