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Parents of firstborns at disadvantage

With sibling and alumni taking away a chunk of the points allotted by schools for nursery admissions, parents of first-born children, especially professionals from outside Delhi, fear the worst, reports Swaha Sahoo.

delhi Updated: Dec 04, 2008 23:15 IST
Swaha Sahoo

With sibling and alumni taking away a chunk of the points allotted by schools for nursery admissions, parents of first-born children, especially professionals from outside Delhi, fear the worst.

“Most good schools in the capital have given as much as 30 points for siblings. There is no way in which first-borns can get admission in such schools. Apart from 10 to 20 points on the neighbourhood criterion, we don’t score on other factors,” said Samar Arora, parent.

Both Arora and his wife are well-placed professionals. But neither has studied in Delhi. “This also discards the alumni factor. We are really counting on luck to get us through,” he said.

For instance, the Springdales schools give a lot of emphasis on alumni and sibling, allotting 40 points in total. Mother’s International has given a whooping 60 points for these two factors, while DPS R.K. Puram haS given 40 points.

Principal of Springdales, Dhaula Kuan, Jyoti Bose, said, “It makes sense to take in the second child because having children in different schools is very tough on guardians.”

But these explanations offer little comfort to parents.

Schools, on their part, have tried to counter this problem by giving points for firstborns. Madhulika Sen, Principal, Tagore International School, however, reiterated that no matter what the selection system adopted by schools, parents would always be dissatisfied. “ The problem is compounded when parents apply to only a handful of schools.”

Names of parents have been changed on request.