Taking note of the ambiguity surrounding aspects of the nursery admission process, particularly regarding interstate transfer points and distance, Directorate of Education has issued guidelines for “strict compliance by all concerned in the admission process”.
To “eliminate possible malpractice under interstate transfer category cases”, Directorate has instructed schools to be “extra vigilant about possible manipulations under interstate transfer category and make due diligence to verify the genuineness of transfer certificates, including verification from the source of issue of such a certificate”.
The Directorate has also instructed schools to prepare data of applications received under interstate transfer with particulars like number of applications, place from where transfer took place, and number of applications the schools have “specifically received from NCR that shares its border with Delhi”.
The guidelines come in the wake of parents expressing apprehension over some prominent schools allegedly giving interstate points to children from NCR. Schools have denied the charge, stating they have negligible interstate transfer cases”.
“ We will also be individually verifying all documents pertaining to transfers for all parents we have shortlisted, in the interest of fairness,” D R Saini, Principal of DPS, RK Puram, said.
According to the guidelines, in case the school finds that an applicant’s genuineness under interstate transfer category is doubtful, the points for interstate transfer will not be given.
The Directorate has also hinted at constituting a special team to conduct random inspections of schools for verification of claims.
“Schools shall produce such certificates for the inspection of the team specially constituted for this purpose by the Directorate of Education. Such inspections may be carried out at any given point of time, including during post-admission period,” the guidelines stated.
“Non-compliance of this order will be viewed seriously and will invite strict action against the school management. Further this will also lead to cancellation of the candidature/admission of the ward and penal action against the parents of the ward under the relevant provisions of law,” the guidelines stated.
The directorate has also issued clear instructions with respect to EWS admissions and neighbourhood points.
“Neighborhood criteria has been fixed as 8 km, either aerially or by road. It is clarified that no distance slab is allowed in this category,” another order by the department said.