The UT Education Departments move to ensure that the children study in schools closer to their homes has not gone down well with the parents who are demanding that their children study in schools of their own choice instead of the ones in their neighbourhood.
In order to popularise the concept of neighbourhood schools more stringently,the department had associated specified areas with each school this year. However,there was no prescribed area limit.
For instance,for admission to primary wing of Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS),Sector 16,only the residents of sectors 16,17,15 14 and 24 can apply. Likewise,each school has been associated with the sectors.
With government schools re-opening on Monday after the 10-day spring break,a number of such parents who were first turned away by the prominent government schools rushed to the Education Department for admissions.
Ram Sharan,a resident of a colony in Sector 25,who has been seeking admission of his daughter to GMSSS Sector 10,said,I had first approached the school in Sector 16 in February. However,they asked me to go to Sector 25 government high school. But I want my daughter to get admitted to a senior secondary school,so that she could complete her education from the same school. Later,I tried admission in GMSSS Sector 16. But even they did not allow the admission.
Another parent,Priyanshu Bhatt,a resident of Sector 50,said,I had applied in three private schools for my sons admission to nursery class in December. However,due to shortage of seats,he could not get admission anywhere. Now,on somebodys recommendation,I applied in GMSSS Sector 35 and Sector 37. But they also have refused to provide admission,stating that my residence does not fall in their respective areas.
The seats in most of the prominent schools have already been filled. These schools are Government Model Senior Secondary School,Sector 16,35,37,10 and Manimajra.
The concept of neighbourhood schools prescribes that every child should find his or her school at a walking distance from his or her residence. For different age groups,the distance varies. The concept has been derived from the provisions of the Right to Education (RTE) Act. The Act,however,does not make the concept mandatory for nursery classes,but for classes I to VIII.