The Delhi government is keeping close tabs on the ongoing nursery admission process in private schools across the city. It is mulling taking strict action in case of violation of admission criterion norms. In this regard, a monitoring cell has been formed in each district to ensure that parents’ grievances are addressed properly, sources said.

According to the sources, the government has also planned a scrutiny process of the points allotment mechanism designed by various stakeholders and private schools to ensure that the mechanism is fair. In case of failure to maintain these norms, the Delhi government will impose a monetary fine on the schools concerned.

“A group of 10 to 15 people will be part of the monitoring cells of the Delhi government for each district consisting members from all walks of life, including ward councillors, parents, teachers and educationists,” a source in the Directorate of Education (DoE) told The Sunday Guardian.

“The work of these monitoring cells will be to access the points allotted to every child in school. After primary assessment, if the monitoring cell finds any foul play in the allotment of points to any applicant, they will forward the complaint to the Directorate of Education (DoE) and further action against the private schools concerned will be initiated,” the same source cited earlier said.

“The monitoring cells will also look into the matter of nursery admissions under the Economically Weaker Sections and Disadvantaged Group (EWS/DG) category and ensure that proper channels are being followed. However, the admission process under the EWS/DG category will be held by the Delhi government, but these monitoring cells will assist families from weaker sections in availing their quota,” the source added.

The admission process for approximately one lakh nursery seats under the general category in Delhi’s private schools for the session of 2018-19 started on 27 December last year and ended on 17 January.

Schools will upload a list consisting marks given to each applicant based on the points system adopted by them, on 2 February. The first list of selected general category students will be announced on 15 February and parents will be given five days to raise their queries regarding points allotted to their wards.

A second list will be released on 28 February.

The process for admission of 25% students under the EWS/DG category will begin from 22 January.

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