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CM's assurance no help to parents and schools

Chief minister Sheila Dikshit's views about lottery system being unfair for nursery admission have received mixed response from parents and schools.

delhi Updated: Dec 11, 2010 01:17 IST
HT Correspondent

Chief minister Sheila Dikshit's views about lottery system being unfair for nursery admission have received mixed response from parents and schools.

On Thursday, Dikshit and education minister Arvinder Singh Lovely had met school association representatives asking them for their views on the proposed lottery system under the Right to Education Act.

"They argued that under the lottery system, parents who have two children might have to send them to two different schools, which is not fair," said Dikshit. "Also points like the neighbourhood criteria which is mandatory under the RTE act gets undermined. Their concerns are valid and we will take them into account while formulating the guidelines."

Schools that have been arguing in favour of retaining the 100-point system — followed for the past three years — were cautious in their approach.

"We will be very happy if the point system comes back. But, one needs to wait for the final guidelines. Apart from this, we also maintain that the schools should have management quota," said Usha Ram, principal of Laxman Public School.

Parents who were initially euphoric about the CM's response to lottery system are now more circumspect.

"There should be a separate category for siblings, else siblings and firstborns should be given comparable points. Also there should be no points for alumni, since a lot of parents are not from Delhi originally. If there are points for alumni, there should also be points for those candidates whose parents are in transferable jobs or have come from other towns and now settled in Delhi," wrote Hena Nagpal, a parent seeking admission for her daughter, on admissionsnursery.com, a website that discusses nursery-admission related issues.

The nursery admission guidelines are expected to be out by Monday or Tuesday.