Seeing a few takers for nursery seats this year, the education department will extend the admission date to government schools.
One of the major reasons is that parents do not approach government schools for entry-level admission in the early stage of admission process as they try luck in private schools. Government schools have become the last resort for parents whose children fail to secure seat in private schools. However, the question is where are the government schools lacking.
There are more than 2,500 nursery seats in government schools and every year these are filled only after March. The reason being - parents approach government schools when the admission process gets over in private schools.
"The admission process in private schools get over by March and it is only after that we approach government schools for the admission of our children," said Nitika Sharma, who admitted her child in a government school this year after she tried her luck in most of the private schools.
Another reason for fewer less forms is the UT education department's introduction of the Right to Education Act's neighbourhood schooling concept (every student has the right to complete elementary education from a neighbourhood school) that will be in the walking distance of a child's home. School should be situated within a radius of 1 km.
However, the department is yet to come up with new government schools to support the already overcrowded schools in the city. Most parents are uncertain about the concept because they allege not all government schools are at par with each other.
Majority of forms that have been submitted this year are in the top five schools Government Model Senior Secondary School's in Sectors 16, 35, 37, 10 and Manimajra.
"We have been asked to hand out forms according to the neighbourhood schooling concept which we are doing after seeing where the child lives," said a teacher from GMSSS-16.
The department is in talks to extend the date of admission to government schools because initially not many forms are taken by parents. But, like in 2012, all seats were filled by April the department is expecting to fill all its seats in 2013 also.
"It is obvious that the mindset of parents cannot be changed as they think even a small private school is better than making their child study in a government school. But after Class 10 they opt for government schools," said Rajiv Gupta, who chose to admit his child in a government school.