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Sunday, 7 December 2014

NPSC issues guidelines to its members

The National Progressive Schools' Conference has issued a set of guidelines to all its member schools following the High Court's judgement, upholding autonomy of private schools and granting them freedom to devise their own admission guidelines.

The NPSC, an association of senior secondary schools and 150 leading private schools, in its General Body meeting held on December 3 decided that the guidelines should be transparent, student friendly and cater to all segments of society.

"The policy designed should be clear and such that it is easy to implement and without any confusion," said NPSC Chairperson Ameeta Mulla Wattal.

"NPSC schools are already following the Right To Education Act and have provided quality education to children admitted under 25 per cent seats for EWS. Children from all social and economic backgrounds shall be equally considered for admission. No parent or child would be interviewed," she said.

The NPSC guidelines include neighbourhood concept where in each school can decide the points keeping in mind their own specific requirements and catchment areas, sibling, alumni concepts.

Under the Staff ward category, everyone agreed that status quo should be maintained at 5 per cent.

All schools can have discretion upto 20 per cent seats under the Management quota and all the schools must be disable-friendly and bring in children with special needs as a social responsibility.

Other categories like single parent, girl child, first born child, minority could be made optional depending upon school's specific requirement. All the parameters are only for general seats.

It may be noted that as per the directions of RTE, 25 per cent of the seats have to be reserved for the EWS category.

Further, the member schools were asked to charge Rs 25 for registration (no other charges) which will include the brochure.

The distribution and collection of forms will take place from December 20, 2014 to January 20, 2015 and the draw of lots for EWS will be held between January 25 and February 5, 2015.

The schools should give dates for display of first list or any subsequent list on website or notice board and the entire admission process should finish March 31, 2015, according to the guidelines.

Source : Business Standard Via PTI , 6th Dec 2014

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