The Delhi government has directed all playschools, pre-schools and pre-primary schools, running on land allotted by it, to submit within two weeks compliance reports on admissions under the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) in the last three years — or face the prospect of cancellation of their lease.
The order applies not only to playschools running on land allotted by the DDA, but also to pre-schools and pre-primary schools built on land allotted by the authority.
“The government recently directed all playschools running on DDA land to allot 25 per cent seats under the EWS category. That’s why we have asked for compliance reports,” said an education department official.
The department has also come out with detailed guidelines for admission under the EWS category. Schools have been asked to notify the total number of vacancies under the category on their websites and notice boards. No registration fee or cost of prospectus will be charged against EWS seats.
The distance criteria adopted for EWS admissions at entry-level classes under the provisions of the Right to Education Act will be applicable to EWS admissions in playschools as well. “Preference will be given taking into account where a child lives,” the order stated.
“If the number of applications exceeds the number of seats, admission will be decided through a draw of lots, which will be conducted in the presence of parents,” it added.