For Vijendra Sehgal (name changed on request) — who works with a multinational company — a transfer to Delhi from Hyderabad spelt bad news.
Today, Sehgal runs, in vain, from pillar to post to secure a nursery seat in some school for his child in Delhi, thanks to the challenges of the points system, which assigns a significant weightage to the sibling and alumni categories, but an insignificant number of point to transfers.
“I was not aware of the RTE guidelines. But going by them, my child is not likely to secure any seat in Delhi because of the system. I have gone to some NCR schools too, but nothing has worked out so far,” said Sehgal.
Sehgal’s is not an isolated case. Like him, there are several parents who are at the receiving end of the points system.
Schools too echo the same sentiment. “We should make the system flexible and attribute better points to transfer category. New schools have come up in the NCR region and in Dwarka. So parents look at these schools as an alternative, not knowing that the commute can be extremely tiring for the child,” said Ameeta Wattal, vice-chairperson, National Progressive Schools Conference (NPSC).
While the system is not as bad for children of defence personnel, it is anything but fair for those whose children do not enjoy a similar safety net. “For parents who work in banks or railways or any other civilian job, this system is unfair. Also, a lot of transfers don’t happen during the admission season. We should consider these factors,” added Wattal.
While several popular schools in the city assign almost 30 points for distance, 30 for sibling and 30 for alumni categories, only 5-10 points are assigned for transfer cases.
“Assigning 20-30 points to alumni or double alumni goes against the spirit of RTE. Some schools openly flout the RTE by assigning points to children of engineers or doctors. The Directorate of Education needs to review this system to ensure some sort of uniformity is maintained,” said Sumit Vohra, founder of www.admissionsnursery.com.