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Nursery admission process to begin in all Delhi schools Monday

Nursery admissions

Nursery admissions in Delhi will start in a full-fledged manner on Monday as parents gear up to brave the cold while queuing up at schools for buying application forms. “We are all prepared to start the year by lining up for the admission form,” said Yashika Malik, software professional whose daughter turned three last November.

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Guidelines violate RTE: Panel asks govt to think again

Nursery admissions

The Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) has sent a notice to Delhi Education officials, directing them to re-examine the guidelines for nursery admissions issued on Wednesday, stating that they violate the Right to Education (RTE) Act. The Commission noted that “instead of reproducing the guidelines issued u/s 35(1) of the RTE Act 2009, under which the Central government is empowered to direct the appropriate government or local authority (the Delhi government or the MCD etc, in this case) for the purposes of the implementation of the Act, the Delhi government has given its own interpretations and made obvious changes that directly contravene the provisions of the Act, which strictly prohibit any screening procedure”.

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Govt no to schools testing kids,parents profiling in admission

MHRD, Nursery admissions, Right to Education

Amid confusion among schools about admission norms upto Class I, Government has made it clear that children or parents should not be subjected to “testing and interview” and there should be no profiling based on education qualification of parents. Though the fresh guidelines issued under the Right to Education Act state that the admissions will be based on ‘random selection’, it allows schools to frame their own admission policy to categorise students “on rational, reasonable and just basis”.

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Sibal ‘proposes’increase in the minimum age for nursery admissions, Delhi ‘scrutinises’, wants more schools

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A day after Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal proposed to increase the minimum age for nursery admissions from the present three to four years, Delhi Education minister Arvinder Singh Lovely said the government was still scrutinising the issue.

“It is too early to comment but we will look into the possibilities,” Singh told Newsline on Tuesday.

Officials in the Education department, however, revealed there was a slim possibility of the proposal being implemented at all, enumerating a list of issues that pose a hurdle.

“Increasing the age from three to four years is not going to solve the problem of the tug-of-war for nursery admissions. The problem in Delhi is a paucity of schools and therefore the nursery sections,” a senior Education department official said.

The Delhi government is also blaming the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) for the chaos during the nursery admissions, claiming it was the agency’s “changed institutional land policy” that led to a shortage of schools.

Under the earlier policy, the DDA would allot land for schools at nominal rates. After the institutional land scam was unearthed in 2003, the agency changed the policy of allotment into an auction system — it reasoned that educational institutes receive tremendous financial returns and should therefore be treated as commercial entities.

“The Union HRD minister should look into the land auction policy before proposing solutions like these,” another senior Education department official said. He added due to the new land policy, under which land is auctioned to schools now, “there is an acute shortage of schools”.

“In the last seven to eight years, there has been a minimal increase in the number of schools in the city,” the official said.

On Monday, Sibal proposed to increase minimum age for formal education to six years in Delhi. “If he wants to increase the age for formal schooling to six, he should also raise the age for university admissions, which starts from 17 years at present. If children across the country can go to a university at 17, Delhi students will lose a year,” a source said.

Ashok Ganguly, former chairperson of the Central Board of Secondary Education, who introduced the points system in Delhi, seconds the government view. “The first question we need to answer is, what should be the duration of pre-primary schooling. Should it be a year or two years? After that, it has to be uniform across all types of schools — government-run and private. In a government-run school, there is no pre-primary section, thus the gap between a government school child and the private school child persists.

“The second question is, what should be the minimum age for entry in formal schooling? There is a lot of variation now in different states. Some states have five years as the entry age to Class I, while some prefer six years. This has to be made uniform across all states,” he added.

Ganguly said the entry age for university education should also be looked into. “Right now, the minimum age to get into a university is above 17 years. You cannot restrict one area and not another,” Ganguly told Newsline.

No objection, says Sheila

A day after the human resource development minister Kapil Sibal suggested the minimum age for admission to nursery classes could be raised from three to four years, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday said her government has no objection with the idea. “We have no objection to the suggestion,” Dikshit said. She added children often find it difficult to handle various pressures, including that of going to schools by buses. “We will examine the proposal carefully,” she said.

Indian Express, 17 Feb 2010

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