Fee Barrier Obstructs Graduate Dreams Of Poor Students | Latest Delhi News
Raju Singh, a student at a Delhi public school, got 94% in his CBSE Class 12 boards this year and wants to enroll in a mechanical engineering program to support his family of four. But the 19-year-old is unsure of how to pay his fees and is currently preparing for his Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) with no solution in sight.
“After my father died about four years ago, my mother worked as a domestic helper to manage our family. Two of my siblings are still in school and we have no assets to sell. Although I am preparing for JEE, I have no idea how I will organize the admission fee. I don’t know where to go for help, ”said the Naharpur resident, who graduated from a Delhi public school in Rohini this year.
As the percentage of graduation in Delhi public schools improved by two percentage points from last year to 99.96% and the number of students graduating over 95% rose from 442 to 885, many of those students are now expressing concerns about their prospects for higher education, especially in the face of financial distress caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Sunita Bhati, a grade 12 teacher at a public school in New Kondli, said faculty members at the institution help students by providing study materials and books. However, the pandemic had exacerbated the financial problems of many of these families.
“Many students ask us for financial aid and later for their college studies. These students are very shy, so they refuse to take money directly from us. An institutional mechanism to address these concerns will be helpful, ”she said.
In June 2019, Chief Deputy Minister Manish Sisodia, who holds the education portfolio, issued an order calling on public schools to help more than 1,000 deserving students who scored over 90% in their exams. class 12 to “follow up their college applications and resolve any issues.” in their admission. Schools were also asked to submit a status report by July 31 of that year with details of the course taken by these students and to monitor their progress for “at least during the first year of college.” .
Although schools have followed these guidelines, most treat them as a one-time order and now only help students informally, which means multiple students may be excluded from the network. Currently, there is no formal mechanism in place to assist all students and record data on their higher education applications.
Principals of at least five public schools HT spoke with said they were trying to organize help for underprivileged students. Awadhesh Kumar Jha, director of a public school in Rohini, said: “We kept the data for this year and sent it to the education department. But after that, we got in touch with students at our own level, helping them in any way we could. We have also maintained a strong bond with our alumni so that they too can help guide our students. “
The lack of an institutionalized mechanism means that not all students know where to turn for help.
Another student from Sanjay Public School, who applied for an undergraduate course at Delhi University with a total of 94.25%, said: “My father works as a utensil seller and did not had a lot of work over the past two years due to the pandemic. Even if I were successful at a good college, it might propel us into another cycle of debt as he would have to take out a loan for my fees. I don’t know who to contact for help. Although there are scholarships, I don’t know if I will be eligible for them or not.