Date: Tue, 2012-02-07
According to the latest HC order, the 'neighbourhood' criteria for those seeking pre-school admissions in the low-income category have been revised. Vatsala Shrangi reports
Since the first list for pre-school admissions was declared on February 1, the new order of the Delhi High Court (HC) on the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) category has added to the confusion. According to the HC order of January 31, 2012, the criteria for those seeking pre-school admissions in the low-income category has been revised. Also, schools have been asked to withhold the declaration of their first lists till further clarifications are issued by the high court. But schools which have already published the EWS list are not required to withdraw it.
According to the latest guidelines, first priority will have to be given to EWS students residing within less than one kilometre from the school instead of the earlier one kilometre rule. Those residing between one and three kilometres will come next. The third preference will be given to those living at a distance between three and six kilometres. Others residing beyond six kilometres from the school can get admission only if seats are still vacant.
At Ramjas School, Anand Parbat, which received around 900 applications in the general category, 75% of the seats are full by the first list. However, the school received around 500 applications in the EWS category, for which the list has not yet been put up, following the high court order.
In keeping with the recent order, we have withdrawn from releasing the EWS list for the moment. However, getting a seat is a problem for the general category students as they are left with lesser options. But, they must not lose hope before the second list, says, Rajni Arora, principal, Ramjas School, Bal Bharti Public School received a total of 3,669 applications, out of which 757 were from the low-income category. However, the school followed the draw-of-lots system for both categories. Though they have already carried their lucky draw for EWS, they have not put out the list yet.
Laxman Public School, in its point-wise break-up had given neighbourhood and sibling maximum weighting in which the cut-off went up to 67. While those under the 67 bracket have got through directly; for those in the 65 bracket, the school resorted to the lottery system. For EWS, there were 315 applications against 44 seats. The result for EWS was carried out by lottery, but the list is not out officially, awaiting the court order.
However, at NCR schools like Dwarka International, out of the 500 odd applications for 140 seats, most have been filled by those making a clear cut 60 points. While for those at 45 points or close, a lucky draw will be done for the second list, which will be out on February 15.
Since Dwarka has so many schools, the situation is better here. We are not waiting for the court order for EWS category as we have decided to announce the results on February 24. Hopefully, the issue will be clarified by then, says Ritu Mehta, principal, Dwarka International.
Sureh Kumar who runs a tea shack in Amar Colony, says, I had applied to four schools in the neighbourhood, for my daughters admission, but they are yet to announce the results due to a government order.