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Business is no good for schools

Are you a businessman or a professional?

delhi Updated: Jan 10, 2010 23:45 IST
Joyeeta Ghosh

Are you a businessman or a professional?

The answer could decide whether your child is eligible for the coveted nursery seat that parents across the city are vying for.

Some schools in the Capital, which are considering parents’ background in the point system, are giving preference to professionals over businessmen.

Rajiv Bindal, a businessman, said his fear came true when his daughter’s name did not appear in the list of 400 candidates in Srijan School, Model Town.

They were summoned for an interaction.

“I knew all along that they give preference to professionals. Though it is the school’s discretion to choose, but it's unfair to the child,” he said.

Srijan School had 30 points allocated to the parent’s profile, the maximum against any criterion. The other criteria, such as neighbourhood and age, were allocated 20 points, and single parent, girl child and different region had 10 points each.

“Parents have the option of choosing a school for their child. Even after admission, they can pull out their child and get them admitted to the school which was their first preference. But schools hardly have a choice,” said headmistress Anjali Arora of Srijan School. “So, we try and choose candidates from different backgrounds for a mixed crowd.”

Arora said since there were many businessmen in Model town, students from that background were bound to be there.

“So the preference given to professionals this year is an effort to have children from various backgrounds to study here,” she said.

There are other schools, which are showing preference to professionals.

“Depending upon their occupation, professionals will have a little edge over businessmen when we choose the candidates,” said R.C. Shekhar, principal of Gyan Bharti School, Saket.

In Sanskriti School, Chanakyapuri, out of the 125 seats, 66 seats are reserved for children of government servants.

The high court orders give the schools permission to allot points on parents’ qualification and education. The Directorate of Education too has given the school liberty to draw up their own point system.

For Shivish Tandon (name changed), who runs a cosmetics shop, this kind of a list is disappointing.

“I am not a professionally qualified entrepreneur. But how is it that my child’s fault?” he said.

“Schools should be forthcoming in taking children of parents who may not have had the chance to get the best education but want their children to do well,” said Tandon.