What is new in this year’s nursery admission guidelines?
This year, the government has given schools more freedom to decide their admission policy. Depending on number and nature of forms schools receive in each category, they can either continue with the 100-point system, which is being followed for past three years, or conduct lottery.
What is the point system and why are the schools being allowed to conduct lottery?
The 100-point system, which was introduced by the government in 2007 for nursery admissions to make them more transparent. It allows schools to assign points to a candidate under various criteria such as neighbourhood, sibling, alumni and girl child among others. Then, they fix cut-off marks and the candidates who qualify are admitted to the school. The admission guidelines under Right to Education (RTE) Act, which came into effect from April 2010, mentioned that schools could conduct lottery under various categories as long as they were 'just and rational'. So, keeping in view the RTE guidelines, the schools have been given a choice to conduct lottery.
How are the points assigned under the said categories?
Under the neighbourhood criteria, a child who stays within eight to 10 kilometres of the school is given points depending on the distance. So, a child who is staying two kilometres from the school will be awarded more point than the one who is staying six kilometres away.
If a parent has been an ex-student of the school their child can be awarded points under alumni category.
If a candidate has his/her brother or sister already studying in the school they will be awarded points.
Some other criteria followed by schools are girl child and single parent.
What happens if a school conducts lottery under the above-mentioned categories but a child does not fall under any of them?
The schools could decide to conduct a lottery for such candidates.
What is the age limit?
The minimum age for admission to nursery will remain at 3 years. Most schools generally consider applications of candidates till 3 years 11 months.
When does the admission process begin?
It starts from January 1 and will continue till March 21, 2011. Schools can draw up their own schedule within the given time period.