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Delhi should talk to neighbouring states to ensure uniformity in school admission system in NCR
Delhi government has abolished all types of quotas for admission to nursery schools in the state with 25 per cent seats reserved for Economically Weaker Section (EWS). But now-a-days, many of the most renowned private schools are in adjoining NCR towns of Noida, Gurgaon etc. where decision of the state government will not be effective.

It will be better if Delhi government takes up matter with concerned state governments for ensuring uniformity in system of school admissions in Delhi and nearing National Capital Region (NCR). However prevailing confusion regarding selection of children for nursery admissions needs to be clearly spelt out. In no case, there should be any management-quota in private schools.

Since private schools without direct/indirect government funding or control do not come directly under purview of RTI Act, Directorate of Education (Delhi Government) instead of wrongly transferring RTI petitions relating to them under section 6(3) of RTI Act, should procure sought information under provision of section 2(f) of RTI Act for providing the same to RTI petitioners in its capacity as regulatory authority. Directorate of Education should also direct private schools to put a variety of information on their respective websites.

But better ways can be devised to root out irregularities in school admissions. Central Board of Primary Education should be constituted for conducting class 6th examinations. 

Fresh admissions may be made to 7th class by merit-list prepared on the basis of these examinations, like it is presently done in colleges through computers ensuring no irregularity. Even selection of subjects may be there in this mid-way route at 7th class level of schooling till class twelve. Thereafter other board examinations should be only at class 12th abolishing board-examinations at level of class 10th.

System will compel children of affluent families also to go to government/aided schools resulting in restoring lost glory of these schools to 1960-era when top-ten students in Higher Secondary examinations used to be from government-aided schools! 

Affluent parents will have to re-think before 'donating' huge sums for getting admissions in costly public schools just for upto 6th class.

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