Nursery forms must be issued from Jan. 1 to 15: Education Dept.

Directing all schools in the Capital to strictly adhere to admission guidelines released by the State Education Department prior to the beginning of nursery admissions for the 2013-14 academic year, Delhi Education Minister Prof. Kiran Walia said on Thursday that strict action will be taken against schools which don’t follow the schedule and harass parents.

The warning comes after some city schools, including Loreto Convent and Mount St. Mary’s School, were issued notices earlier this week by the Directorate of Education for not following the prescribed admission schedule.

Prof. Walia said: “The schedule issued by the Education Department has to be complied with strictly to minimise harassment that parents undergo during the admission season. Strict action will be taken against schools found flouting the schedule.”

A senior official in the Education Department said: “The schools which were issued notices were not following the dates that all educational institutions are required to follow. The schools have to issue admission forms from January 1 to 15. But we found that some schools were issuing forms on certain dates and under various categories including – dates for defence personnel, for cantonment residents, for those belonging to the categories of Christians, siblings or alumni and one day for general category. After the notices were issued the schools have written to us assuring us they will adhere to the schedule.”

Speaking about the flouting of norms by some schools, website founder Sumit Vohra said: “There are schools in Delhi which started issuing forms only after January 1 and some which are giving out forms only till the end of this week. This despite the fact that the Director of Education has issued strict guidelines for schools about admission schedule to be followed. It is impossible for parents to look up every school that they have to apply to (most apply for admission to more than ten schools) and keep the dates for issuing of forms and submission in mind. It was to overcome this problem that the Directorate had brought in a uniform date schedule which some schools are now openly flouting.”

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