50% Extra Seats After Abolition of Management Quota: Kejriwal

Kejriwal said it was crucial to scrap the management quota, calling it ‘the biggest scam’ in India’s education system

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and  Education Minister Manish Sisodia during an interaction with Parents seeking admission in private schools (Photo: PTI)

Scrapping of management quota for nursery admissions in private schools has thrown open 50 percent extra seats for general admissions, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said, even as he asserted that the government had no intention of “interfering” into the daily affairs of the schools.

The chief minister also said that the Delhi government will “think” about online admissions on 75 percent open seats in the next year. Kejriwal while interacting with parents seeking admission for their wards said,

The Delhi government has made school admissions totally transparent. Scrapping management quota, which were used to oblige recommendations of politicians, government functionaries and powerful people, has opened nearly 50 percent extra seats for common man.

The government has “cut its own hands” in doing so as the school admission process will now take place in a transparent manner without any recommendations, Kejriwal said.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addressing at an interaction with Parents seeking admission in private schools (Photo: PTI)
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addressing at an interaction with Parents seeking admission in private schools (Photo: PTI)

We are not going to benefit from it and the government and the chief minister have rather cut our hands otherwise our volunteers would bring recommendations and we would be doling out seats for admissions. The management quota and 62 criteria for admissions were scrapped as they were not “reasonable, fair and transparent”.

“We believed in schools and allowed them to upload their admission criteria by December 31. But some of the schools betrayed our faith and reserved upto 75 per cent seats through these criteria and various quota like alumni and sibling quota.”

The chief minister said that the admissions on 25 per cent seats under EWS quota were also riddled with irregularities and the government has now made this process online.

They will have no better government than this one if they want to do good things but they will also not found any worse government if they indulge in irregularities. Now, the schools will not have their say in it. Those who will not follow guidelines and rules will be de-recognised.

“We will think about online admissions on 75 per cent open seats in the next year,” he said in reply to a suggestion by one of the parents.

(Photo: PTI)
(Photo: PTI)

Attending the event, Deputy CM and Education minister Manish Sisodia said, “There was tremendous pressure from different quarters including the private schools to maintain the management quota. But we will not bow down to pressure,” he said.

The government has only “ordinary” powers to regulate schools and it needs to have more powers to issue directions and take action against them.

We have included this power in Delhi Education Act by amending it and sent for approval of Centre so that so that Delhi government and private schools in Delhi could work in a better way.

Alleging that several schools had turned themselves into “teaching shops” through management quota, Sisodia said that the government was determined to stop them.

Management quotas were used as a window through which money was taken and recommendations by ministers, bureaucrats and police officials were met. The schools are creating “confusion” over admission criteria and ending of management quota, but the parents need not to worry as the government was with them. The schools are doing this wilfully to scare the parents. But they do not need to worry as the government is with them to ensure transparency in admission.

Manish Sisodia, Deputy CM and Education minister
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