Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights has been receiving scores of complaints about many government schools declining admission to students in Class XI this year. The Commission has already received complaints against 25 schools since the Class X results were declared in May. Because of the rising awareness on the right to education and almost perfect pass percentage due to CCE this year, schools have been flooded with applications. However, probably because the number of seats remains unchanged, admission-seekers are being shown the door.
"This year, we have received a series of complaints of students being denied admission in Class XI. This is probably happening because of a lack of a proper admission plan after Class X in government schools," said B C Narula, RTE consultant with DCPCR. He further explained, "As a practice, if a school is till Class VIII, a student is allotted another school by the education department to continue his schooling. But there is no plan to provide admission in another school in Class XI if a school is only till Class X. Delhi government has a large number of secondary schools. As admission in Class XI does not fall under the purview of right to education, DCPCR has sent only one advisory to many of these schools urging them to look into the matter," he said.
The issue of donation has also featured among the complaints received by the Commission. DCPCR received a complaint against a government-aided school recently which had allegedly demanded Rs 20,000 from a student for admission in the commerce stream. However, Narula also said that many complaints came from students who wanted to pursue a particular stream but were denied admission due to inadequate scores. "In such a case, we explained the students about the rules. The education department should also take measures or issue notifications to make students and parents aware of the admission process," Narula said.
Ashok Aggarwal, lawyer and founder of Social Jurist said that the problem of admissions in Class XI in government schools had become grave this year with many more students becoming eligible. "I must have written at least 200 letters so far to the education department and agencies concerned regarding admission of students in Class XI. While the number of eligible candidates has definitely gone up, many students from the NCR also come to the city schools after Class X to switch to CBSE. However, the capacity in the schools hasn't increased," said Aggarwal. "In many cases, schools also discouraged students from studying particular subjects, for instance, if students wanted English in Class XI, the school offered them Sanskrit," he added.