After principals of some Delhi government schools received letters from MLAs recommending admissions, the Education Director has written to all MLAs informing them about the admission procedure in various government schools.
The letter, a first of this kind, was sent to all 70 MLAs.
It lists out admission criteria for various classes and apprises MLAs of the number of seats at each level.
“In Delhi, the statutory responsibility of primary education — from KG to Class V — lies with the municipal corporations. The Directorate of Education (DoE) is responsible for education from upper primary to senior secondary level — from Class VI to Class XII,” the letter written by Director Education informed MLAs.
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“On account of them being public figures, MLAs tend to receive lots of requests for admissions to government schools. So we have written to all MLAs informing them about details of admissions in schools,” Padmini Singla, Director of the Directorate of Education, said.
“Also the directorate cannot possibly accommodate all students, since schools have limited vacancies. After the letter, the MLAs will at least know the basics about the school admission process,” Singla said.
But senior Education department officials said the department was forced to write the letter because of “excessive recommendations made by MLAs to schools”.
“There have even been cases of MLAs writing recommendation letters to the department. From this year, the department wants to consciously follow the policy of limiting the number of admissions per class to 80. Also, primary education is the responsibility of corporation schools. So we have advised the MLAs to recommend admissions to schools accordingly,” a senior DoE official said.