After days of anxiety surrounding the nursery admission guidelines, Delhi schools are heaving a sigh of relief.
Schools are upbeat about the new guidelines given by the Directorate of Education (DoE) on Wednesday that accord them autonomy to decide the admission policy.
Now, schools can either admit students though the point system, which was being followed till last year or conduct lottery under various categories.
As per the new guidelines, schools need to create various categories which are 'fair, just and reasonable and within the ambit of the Right to Education Act.'
Whatever criteria they decide on, schools have to notify the DoE by December 31.
Most schools are planning to hold meetings with their management to take a call on whether to follow the point system, which has been followed successfully for the last three years or conduct lottery within various categories.
However, some of them have already hinted that they will conduct admissions through the 100-point system.
Most schools have panned the lottery system, calling it unfair.
"We are very happy that the schools’ autonomy has been maintained. Schools had been demanding that the point system be retained and the government has done just that," said LV Sehgal, principal of Bal Bharti School, Gangaram Marg.
"We will retain the point system, since it is a fair and transparent method," Sehgal said further.
While the school management was yet to take a decision, principal of Sanskriti School Abha Sehgal said, "Though we are still to take formal decision, we will most probably follow the 100-point system."
Calling the lottery system unjust, principal of Ahlcon Public School, Mayur Vihar, RK Sharma said, "The lottery system is full of flaws; it even contradicts the neighbourhood clause within the RTE Act. We will conduct admissions though the 100-point system."
Among the most popular criteria that schools follow are neighbourhood, alumni, sibling, girl child and single parent.
Some schools, based on their philosophies, have special criteria, such as linguistic minority and physically challenged.
While some schools said that they were yet to go through the guidelines properly and then take a call, others said that they will stick to the point system.
"We are very happy with the new rules and intend to stick to the point system. Our most important criteria will be neighbourhood, sibling and alumni," said SL Jain, principal, Mahavir Jain Senior Secondary School.