MUMBAI: The delay in announcement of a common admission schedule for admissions to entry-level seats in state schools is creating panic among parents. With the education department threatening action against schools which do not follow the schedule, parents fear that admissions which have been done may be cancelled. "Parents are extremely worried that those who have already taken admission will lose out on seats. If this happens, parents will have to once again run around for admissions," said Jayant Jain, president, Forum for Fairness in Education. Many schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) have already completed admissions or initiated the process. Parents are also in a fix as some schools have put the admission process on hold. "The school has put a notice on the board saying that it is awaiting instructions from the government, and hence the admission process will begin only at the month-end," said a parent of a nursery-going student. Don Bosco School, Matunga, has also scheduled its admissions for the month-end. "We will give out forms on January 27-28 so we have time to alter plans if a common schedule is announced," said principal Bosco D'Mello. Jain has demanded strict action against the schools. "The department should have planned this in advance. Now that several schools have started admissions, they will not follow the rules unless there is a fine/punishment," said Jain. But education department officials said action against schools flouting norms will be announced along with the admission schedule. "We shall declare the action when we announce the schedule but we will try to ensure that it will not affect students," said Mahavir Mane, director, primary education. He added that a schedule will be announced soon after January 15, as the department is awaiting the state's approval over a proposal to make six years the minimum age for admission to Class I. Schools claimed that unaided-minority institutions would not have to follow the common schedule. "We have completed our admissions and so have many schools in the vicinity. Since we are a minority institute, we are not governed by state rules," said the principal of a South Mumbai school. http://t.co/uIFx9KR69g even cong govt didn't do,but bjp enforceing RTE on hindu run schools!