There will be some respite for students falling under the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS), as the Education department has decided to extend the last date of admissions for the category. Deputy Director Chanchal Singh today held a meeting with the 11-member core committee of private school principals to resolve various issues that have come to light in the ongoing admissions to elementary classes.
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The non-issuance of income certificates has caused problems for families belonging to the EWS, as the certificates are mandatory proof for admission in schools under the category. “The file has been approved by the department and sent to the Advisor for final approval. The concerned Teshsildar will start issuing the certificates in a day or two,” said an official of the education department.
City schools have been reluctant to entertain any applications without income certificates attached to the forms of the wards. Due to the delay, and with only seven days remaining for submission of admission forms in schools, the department will extend the date of admission till 28 February for EWS students.
Speaking on the issue, the president of Chandigarh Parents Association Nitin Goyal said, “It’s the need of the hour, as the EWS parents are facing many difficulties. Giving them extra time for admission will be a big respite as it will buy them time to complete the formalities.”
In the meeting, other issues like the refusal by schools to accept driving licenses, voter ID cards or passports as proofs of residence were also raised, but did not reach any resolution.
“The school principals said that the driving license and voter ID documents are usually not up-to-date. However, the department is looking into the matter and will find a solution to the problem soon,” said an official.
At present, schools like St John’s High School, Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Carmel Convent School and St Anne’s Convent School have prescribed only four documents, which include the latest electricity bill, latest telephone bill, latest water bill and valid rent deeds with a copy of tenant’s verification of police (form or receipt).