Out of 48,122 seats in private schools, nearly 12,600 seats have been marked to be unreported in New Delhi. According to Directorate of Education (DOE), this is the scenario because students under the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and disadvantaged category did not report for admission.
31,726 admissions under this category have already been completed while 1,725 are still on the waiting list. Calculated on the basis of general category admissions, 25 per cent seats stay reserved for EWS category students.
“If some parents (from the general category) approached schools and the school rejected them that go on to prove that the school deliberately curtailed general category admissions in order to avoid EWS/DG admissions at entry level. Action against such schools must be initiated,” stated the minutes of the meeting.
The number of “unreported” cases out of the 13 education districts in Delhi:
- North West (B) (422)
- West (311),
- South west (B) (298)
- East (200),
- South East (180)
- North West A (160)
Khagesh Jha, a lawyer with Social Jurist, an NGO working for EWS admissions remarked that “This data has not been verified by the DOE. They simply accept whatever is fed by the schools. In many such cases, parents have filed grievances online but they have still not been addressed. In some cases, the online admission portal has made errors in calculating the distance between the home and the school, due to which students have not been able to take admission”.