For children from low-income homes who secured admission to top private schools in the city under the EWS category, reservation of seats has opened up a world of opportunity.
When the admission lists came out on Wednesday, Disha Sheel had found a seat in Bluebells School International. For her father Ajay, who runs a small shop in Siddharth Basti near Ashram, the news is yet to sink in.
“My wife can’t believe that we made it. The school is very good. We did not apply anywhere else. Though Disha is still very young, this will do her a lot of good,” Ajay said.
Pulkita Kumari has made it to Delhi Public School, Mathura Road.
“She is so excited after I told her about the school and the sports opportunities there, that she wants to start schooling today itself,” said father Yogesh.
He said when his parents got to know that Pulkita had entered a good school, they said, “If such a scheme was there in our time, we would have done something for you too,” said Yogesh, who works as a driver.
“No one wants to send their children to government schools. Because of the EWS scheme, at least some children from poor households have the opportunity to get good schooling. But, the government should focus on improving the standard of schools they run.”
Kavyansh gained admission to Faith Academy. His father Kuldeep, who works as an assistant at a clinic in West Patel Nagar, had applied to six schools under the EWS category. “Low-income children now have an opportunity to get ahead because of the scheme,” he said.
While some children have made it, for others, the scarcity of seats along with the uncertainty brought about by the recent High Court judgment on EWS admissions has meant that the dream of making it to top schools may not come true.
Anju Parsiwal and her labourer husband applied to eight schools for their son Lakshay, but when the results came for six of them, he had not made it to any. “I am so worried. We’ll wait for the next two, but after the results so far, I have no hope,” she said.
Sanjay Kumar’s son made it to Manava Bharati School. But, the joy was short-lived. The school has withheld the EWS list till there is clarity on the court order.