Saturday, January 25, 2014

Parents in need await Sisodias call

The Times of India, Delhi
Parents in need await Sisodias call 
Shreya Roy Chowdhury TNN 

New Delhi: A helplines not just a sounding board anymore.Volunteers,enlisted by education minister Manish Sisodia,randomly chose 12 callers whod registered complaints on the newly-launched nursery admission helpline and called to ask about the problems.Part of the exercise was to check if the complaints were genuine.
We selected the 12 on the basis of the issues they had reported, says education volunteer Amit Mishra. We deliberately chose unresolved complaints.

The minister himself will call the parents whose issues have supposedly been solved. Mishra says that of the dozen they spoke to,most complained of schools setting upper age limits,money being charged for forms,demand of distance affidavit and other documents (not mentioned in the guidelines) being demanded for EWS admissions.
We werent expecting any call from the department, says a Chandan Nagar businessman who had complained on Tuesday after the school set an upper age limit and refused him a form. They called us several times.They asked me to get the school to give its reason for turning down the application in writing.The volunteer even left his personal phone number and said I could call him in case of a problem.
Others,however,will reserve judgment till their complaints have been dealt with.Ill know if the redress system works if they manage to solve my problem, says a Mayur Vihar resident who had complained against a school demanding a distance affidavit.
Its a positive indication that were getting response from the department, says Thomas Anthony of NGO Josh,who reported two violations related to EWS admissions a school demanding medical certificate,and another refusing to accept the common application form.Anthony says that he tried the number on Wednesday and finally got through on Thursdaymorning.The helpline received 1,351 calls on Thursday and 159 complaints.

DoE announces rules for draw of lots 

New Delhi:The directorate of education has issued guidelines for conducting the draw of lots for nursery admissions.The draw will have to be done manually no software or electronic application shall be used.Schools will have to inform parents well in advance,the process will have to be videographed and the copy maintained or preserved by the school and produced before the authorities,if required.Schools are required to post the names of the candidates selected through the draw on the same day on their websites and notice boards.DoE has updated the frequently asked questions section.The section on twins now says,Under sibling category,if one of the twin children gets selected,then only the other would be considered under sibling category,otherwise not.TNN

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