Nursery admissions are a testing time for the parents. One makes the cut on the basis of where they live, where they went to school, how educated they are and in some cases, professional qualifications of parents.
Later, we saw the introduction of the point system, that was implemented to increase more objectivity in admissions and to end the “seats for sale” ideology, that became the rage, making it difficult for those who found the bribe too exorbitant a pay.
The point system was initiated to safeguard or to not demean the essence of education and, it ended up doing the exact opposite.
Parents who found it unable to get their kids admitted to their ‘wish-list school’, slithered with the loophole to attain admission.
Police discovered more than 300 fake nursery admissions through the quota for poor students in top Delhi schools, in June 2015. Parents were forging the documents so as to attain EWS (economically weaker sections) category which would make the process of admission a tad bit easier.
As per the 2009 Act of Right to Education, it is mandatory for all private schools to reserve a minimum of 25% of their seats at entry-level classes for children belonging to the EWS.
Misusing the perks meant for the needful, the rich hogged the provision with utmost easiness. Such a scam, involving major schools and almost 300 fake documents, couldn’t have been possible without the presence of some intermediaries, who would be the sole and most-reliant point of contact between school officials and the parents involved.
Reportedly, the agents managed admissions in fictitious names under the economically weaker sections (EWS) quota and later got the names and quota changed in school records with the help of officials.
The schools where fake admissions were detected are Delhi Public School (Rohini, Vasant Kunj, RK Puram and Mathura Road), Modern School (Humayun Road), Lancer Convent, Ryan International School, Montfort School (Ashok Vihar), G D Goenka (Rohini), Vikas Bharti (Rohini), Bal Bharti School (Pitampura) and Heritage School (Rohini).
The members of the EWS racket, usually charged Rs. 3-10 lakhs for each admission in the above-mentioned prominent schools of Delhi, in collaboration with the school officials.
Though the police nabbed the gang, and did a thorough research as per the documentation was concerned, the quintessential highlight of the scam remains, when did education become a transaction?
Though the case is forgotten, and the gang has been nabbed, how far have we actually come in providing the needful an education they deserve? Why isn’t there enough awareness by the private schools for the policies they inculcate in their very own institution?
Lastly, till when will the rich snatch away the opportunities meant for the poor?
Apparently, education is for one and all, but the acquisition isn’t.