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Nursery admissions: New deadline irks parents

The wait for nursery admission guidelines continued to harass troubled parents as the Delhi government failed to meet yet another deadline. HT reports

delhi Updated: Dec 14, 2010 00:49 IST
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The wait for nursery admission guidelines continued to harass troubled parents as the Delhi government failed to meet yet another deadline.

The Directorate of Education, which was supposed to announce the new guidelines on Monday, has set yet another deadline now - December 15 (Wednesday).

In a meeting between education department officials, the various categories for nursery admission under the Right to Education (RTE) Act were finalized on Monday.

The list of categories has been sent to the Ministry of Human Resource Development for approval.

As per the indications given by education minister Arvinder Singh Lovely, there will broadly be three categories - neighborhood, sibling and alumni - under which schools in the capital will have to conduct the lottery.

The lottery system, which has been recommended under the RTE Act, has been severely criticized by both schools and parents who have been arguing that the 100-point system is a more transparent and fair way of granting admission.

Reacting to the proposed criteria, most school principals said they would comment only after the guidelines come out on Wednesday.

However, some others did raise a few questions.

"What happens to other categories like girl child and first born? Apart from this, one also needs to see whether the management quota has been maintained and how," said a school principal, who didn't wish to be named.

The parents, probably the most harried lot, too, did not seem entirely convinced.

"Let's see what the final guidelines are. But if lottery is being conducted based on criteria like alumni, sibling and neighborhood then parents like me do not stand a chance in any good school. Conducting lottery under these three categories is not fair," said Bindu Mishra, a resident of Mayur Vihar.

Mishra is seeking admission for her twin sons.

"Both me and my husband are not from Delhi. So, we do not come in the alumni category."

"My sons are first borns, so we do not even fit in the sibling category and if we talk of neighborhood, there are only a couple of schools which are considered to be good," she added.