These Are the ‘Arbitrary’ Admissions Criteria That the Delhi Government Just Scrapped


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The Delhi government is attempting to change things up in the capital’s entrenched private school admissions system. They have scrapped “arbitrary measures” that schools use to decide whether or not a child will be admitted to their school. Remember, most of these children are between three to four years of age (yes, THREE years old), and it often simply does not make sense for them to be judged on whether or not their parents are smokers or drinkers, and whether they live in a joint family or not.

Just so you know what the new admissions process will not take into account, here are some of the criteria that were scrapped:

1. First born

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Reason: “This criterion shall lead to discrimination for the parents desirous to seek admission of his ward that is not first born.”

2. Parents’ education

Reason: “India is a developing country and literacy rate is not 100%. Giving weightage to parents’ education criteria is unjust to the children whose parents do not have good educational background. It leads to the inequality also.”

3. Status of child

Reason: “This is illogical criterion as one can’t assign the status to the small children.”

4. First cousin of the child

Reason: “This will create a homogenous group in a class/school which is not conducive to the overall development of child.”

5. Both parents are working

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Reason: “There is no merit to give weightage on this criterion. Equal opportunities of admission should be given to non-working/single parent working/both parents working.”

6. Mother’s qualification 12th passed

Reason: “There is no merit to give weightage on this criterion. Equal opportunities of admission should be given to children irrespective of their mother’s qualification.”

7. Non-smoker parent

Reason: “Child cannot be punished for the any particular habit of the parents, so this is unjust.”

8. Oral test

Reason: “Screening/interview at the entry level is not reasonable.”

9. Professional field/expertise

Reason: “Parents’ professional field cannot be the criteria for admission as all the children have equal rights.”

10. Government employee

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Reason: “Parents’ professional field cannot be the criteria for admission as all the children have equal rights.”

11. Vegetarianism

Reason: “Child cannot be punished or rewarded for any particular habit of the parents, so this is unjust.”

12. Joint family

Reason: “This criterion is not practically determinable and as such, there is no basis of connecting it to the admission process.”

13. Non-alcoholic

Reason: “Child cannot be punished for any particular habit of the parents, so this is unjust.”

14. Gender

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Reason: “This is discriminatory.”

15. Attitudes and values

Reason: “It is undefined and likely to be misused.”

16. Business/service

Reason: “It is not just and discriminatory. Parents’ status does not matter at least m the education field.”

17. Scholar students

Reason: “It is illogical. No scholastic aptitude can be tested at the entry level classes.”

18. Two photographs of child

Reason: “It is not relevant criteria for assigning points.”

19. Permanent resident of Delhi by birth

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Reason: “It is illegal and violation of fundamental right by birth of the citizen.”

20. Child whose parent/grand-parent is a significant non-financial volunteer to the school.

Reason: “It is undefined and discriminatory. ”

You can find the complete list here.

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