To reduce difficulties faced by parents in getting admission for their wards in entry-level classes, the Delhi government will soon start “doorstep delivery” of admission services in schools run by it.
The scheme, which will be launched on a pilot-basis, will focus on students who have already been selected through the lottery system but may not be familiar with the admission procedure.
Delhi education minister Manish Sisodia on Thursday wrote to education secretary Sandeep Kumar stating that under Section 8 (a) of Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education, 2009, it’s the obligation of the government to “ensure and monitor admission, attendance and completion of elementary education by every child”.
“Being a responsible government, we should pilot an innovation in few schools (to be replicated in all schools, if successful) which is akin to “doorstep delivery” of service to the child seeking admission in Delhi government schools
There are 356 government schools in the city offering nursery admissions, more than 400 schools offering KG admissions and around 680 schools offering admissions to Class 1. Rest of the schools offer admission in Class 6 onwards.
Sisodia said that being a “resident of Delhi” will be one of the eligibility condition for seeking admission in the schools run by the state government. “We cannot be expected to provide quality education to the residents of adjoining states as well, especially when the neighbouring states are doing nothing to improve their government schools. Thus, allowing admission to the children from these states will lead to further responsibility and burden,” he said.
AK Jha, principal of Sarvodaya Co-ed Vidyalaya in Rohini, said, “The move will help the head of schools to enrol students who don’t turn up for admissions even after being selected in draw of lots. It will also help the schools to verify the documents of children properly,” he said.