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Admission stay transforms into kindergarten cash

Uncertainty over admission to some well-known English medium schools where it has been stayed has turned into an advantage for kindergarten catering to students till upper KG.

Written by Ardhra Nair | Published: April 7, 2013 1:49:16 am

Uncertainty over admission to some well-known English medium schools where it has been stayed has turned into an advantage for kindergarten catering to students till upper KG. Finding themselves in a fix,parents are drifting to kindergarten as an option,and they charge between Rs 30,000 and Rs 50,000,according to a parent.

“I had applied for my daughter’s admission to two well-known English medium schools. We got a message confirming admission. I came to know from newspapers that admission has been stayed in both schools. School authorities told us even they did not know when they could start the admission procedure. This is frustrating,” said a parent.

The admission process at several schools had been stayed by education department officials owing to various reasons,the main being non-implementation of rules under the RTE Act.

Education department officials say the problem would not have arisen had the schools adhered to RTE.

“The schools did not follow RTE rules. When the education department approached the schools,they refused to provide us information. Even after sending them notice,they failed to budge. What is happening now is not the fault of the education department,” said a senior education department official.

A parent said,“The main problem for us is that pre-primary schools have set their admission deadline. Some of the dates are over. Now,parents of children are not sure if they will make the cut at these big schools and no parent want to lose a year of their child’s education. So we applied to kindergarten.”

“Kindergarten charges are between Rs 30,000 and Rs 50,000 for just a term. One paid,this is non-refundable even if the student opts out. Since admission in the big schools remains uncertain,I paid Rs 45,000 for getting by child in a kindergarten. But if she gets through Bishop’s School,I will shift her there and hence losing this money,” said another parent.

“There is no fee regulation Act as it was stayed by the High Court. Capitation fee is against rules. The matter of Bishop’s School and Mary’s School will be heard on April 12 before the regional deputy director of education Suman Shinde. A decision will be taken then. Until then,we cannot comment on admission status of any student who applied to these schools,” said D Kurhade,ZP education officer (primary) D Kurhade.

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