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Thursday, 20-June-2019

Reaching the last mile

An NGO is helping children to get admission in Delhi schools under 25 per cent EWS quota


One of the greatest challenges India faces in policy implementation is to reach the right set of beneficiaries, in the most cost-effective manner. Section 12(1) (c) of Right to Education Act, 2009 is one of the most progressive policy steps, which was getting brutalised at the altar of execution. This provision mandates 25% reservation for students belonging to economically and socially weaker sections in private unaided schools. “The whole admission process was quite complex and a lot of information was not easily available in public domain, making it difficult for the parents to get their children admitted”, says Gaytri Dey, Lead, Community Champion Cooperative at Indus Action.
Indus Action is a Delhi based organisation, which runs a campaign to ease out the admission process for the students from economically and socially weaker sections and works to provide seamless information to the families. It runs a toll-free helpline number (011-39595925), through which parents and guardian can access all the required information for admission, viz documents required, admission deadlines, number of seats, etc.
One needs to give a missed call on the number and a Shiksha Sahyogi (helpline volunteer) calls back with necessary details. “In Delhi there are more than 45,000 seats up for EWS admissions, in around 2600 private schools. Last year, our campaign could reach 50,000 families. This year we are catering to almost 9,000 families every day, with more than 1,000 calls through helpline and rest through our centres. One can pass on this helpline number among their circles to make the best use of this provision”, informed Dey.