Amitabh Sharma (name changed) had his heart set on getting his son admitted to a prominent Central Delhi school. Not willing to take a chance, thought, he applied in 10 schools in South and Central Delhi. He has already been rejected by five and has no clue why, as these schools have not publicised their criteria for admitting students. “Admissions are more difficult than last year because schools are carrying on as usual with what they want to do. Some prominent schools like Bluebells and Raghubir Singh Junior Modern School did not mention their criteria either on their website or the admission form,” said Sharma.
“I took 10 days off from work just going around schools. I am completely confused with the different requirements of different schools. I have already spent a fortune on registration forms,” he added.
Thousands across the city perhaps echo Sharma’s questions in the virtual absence of any monitoring of the process. “It is a free for all once again,” said Sharma, asking why the reform process began at allif it was not be followed through.
Advocate Puneet Mittal, who represents Delhi Public School, feels some good has come of the process since schools are supposed to devise criteria and submit it with the government. “Some criteria have been adopted by several schools. Neighbourhood, for instance, is a factor of selection, along with points for alumni’s children and siblings of existing students,” said Mittal. These are precisely the points many parents were against, as those who have been educated outside Delhi lost out, as would those who were applying for the admission of their firstborn.
DPS (R K Puram) principal Shayama Chona asks if somebody is keeping tabs on the process. “Schools that are conscientious have made their criteria and lists public. But who pulls up schools that do not maintain transparency?” asked Chona, who was a member of the High Court-appointed Ashok Ganguly committee on nursery admissions.