After setting up a team of volunteers to inspect government schools in the capital, the AAP is now planning to set up a team of around 200 volunteers to assist parents belonging to economically weaker sections (EWS) get admission for their wards in city’s private schools.
The move is aimed at helping “fill all EWS seats in the capitals’ private schools and generate more awareness about EWS admissions”.
The team of volunteers, one from each constituency, will be stationed around the schools, and will be responsible for helping EWS parents with the admission process. “A majority of complaints received on the helpline are from EWS parents unable to make sense of the admission process. So, we thought of constituting a team of volunteers to help such parents,” Amit Mishra, an AAP volunteer coordinating the exercise, said.
“A volunteer will be given the freedom to choose two more volunteers who will be responsible for going to slums and resettlement colonies in a particular constituency and generate awareness about EWS admissions. Information about the 25% quota in school is clearly lacking. If a parent is willing to get his child admitted, the volunteer will help the parent with all modalities,” Mishra said.
A training session will be conducted for all 70 volunteers soon. “ Besides instructing volunteers on answering parents’ queries, they will also be given training on filling out forms. They will carry forms, and a print-out of all FAQs with them,” Praveen Deshmukh, an AAP member said. Names of volunteers, along with their mobile numbers, will also be displayed outside schools for the purpose.
According to the party, knowledge about the constituency and a willingness to take some time out for the exercise every day are the only two pre-requisites for volunteering.
“Volunteers will strictly be instructed to only note down problems and not engage in any altercation with school authorities. Problems, if unresolved, will be directly communicated to the respective education officers,” Deshmukh said.
“Right now, our aim is to just help parents with admission. Later on, we want to expand the scope of the exercise and help parents get free books and uniforms for their children,” Mishra said.
“There are a lot of people who are already helping out parents. By setting up teams, the idea is to consolidate this effort towards one single goal to get better results,” Education Minister Manish Sisodia said.