Complaints of donation, date change pour in

NEW DELHI: Not all schools are dealing responsibly with the autonomy given to them to set nursery admission guidelines.

At least one school’s website showed a change in registration dates—from January 20 to January 15. Authorities at The Banyan Tree, Lodhi Institutional Area, claim “technical error” but parents are suspicious. A parent has also complained that he was asked to submit two demand drafts while taking admission without being told what he was paying for.

Jasdeep Kaur had planned to submit the application at The Banyan Tree on January 17 as the schedule first uploaded on the website said the last date for registration was January 20. When she checked again, she found that the last date was January 15. “Forms were accepted till January 20,” says Chetna Saini, principal, The Banyan Tree, “there was no change of schedule. May be there was some error. As for the list, it was probably the one for parents to see if they’ve filled all the details correctly.” The parents, however, are suspicious and have mailed a complaint to Action Committee for Unaided Recognized Private Schools.

Another parent, Pratik Jain, has written that when he went to admit his daughter to a Dayanand Vihar school, one of a large chain, he was asked to pay two DDs. “One was for Rs 25,000 and another for Rs 30,000,” says Jain. When he posted his experience on a social networking site, another applicant responded saying he was asked for donation by the Vikaspuri branch.

A third parent said the East of Kailash branch asked for a hefty amount to teach “a poor kid whose parents had died.” Jain has emailed the Directorate of Education officials.

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