Sale of nursery forms: Chaos prevails on day 1
Braving the winter chill and the New Year party hangover, parents across the Capital queued up outside schools to collect the nursery admission forms for their wards on Saturday - day one of sale of forms. With Saturday being a holiday, most parents picked up as many forms as they could. Joyeeta Ghosh reports.delhi Updated: Jan 02, 2011 01:06 IST
Braving the winter chill and the New Year party hangover, parents across the Capital queued up outside schools to collect the nursery admission forms for their wards on Saturday - day one of sale of forms. With Saturday being a holiday, most parents picked up as many forms as they could.
"I was very anxious and just could not wait. Moreover, I have to join office from Monday and today being a holiday, it was convenient for me to visit all the schools," said Sachin Mathur, who picked up forms from 10 schools on the first day of sale of forms for his three-year-old child.
"We partied till late night and woke up early to collect the forms. The admission of our daughter is our main priority. Since today is a holiday, it's the best day to pick up the forms. Both my husband and I have to join office on Monday," said Rina Gupta, a parent.
While neighbourhood is one of the most important criteria for some, reputation of the schools takes precedence for others.
"I am applying to most schools in south and central Delhi for my son. Even though I cannot avail the points allocated for neighbourhood, I can't help it since there aren't too many good schools near my place," said Priyanka Katyal, who stays in New Rajinder Nagar. She had come to collect form from Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar.
With a lot of schools giving the parents a choice to download forms from the school
websites, and some others planning to start their sale of forms from Monday, the schools saw a moderate crowd this year compared to a huge rush in the previous years.
Problems in a few schools: The situation outside Summerfields School, East of Kailash, turned chaotic after a few parents were told that the school has exhausted the application forms.
"The school was supposed to sell the forms till 1pm. When I reached there around 12.30pm, the guard had shut the gate and told me that the forms are over. he asked me to come back on Monday. After waiting for a while, they told me that they only have application forms with prospectus worth R500," said Goldie Arora, a parent seeking nursery admission for his daughter. However, those who had gone to the school early in the morning said they got the form for R25, and buying the prospectus was optional.
Principal Rema Alex Daniel downplayed the whole issue and said, "There is no truth in all this. In fact, the school extended the sale of the forms by an hour till 2pm."
When questioned about the advertisement on the school website which mentioned that parents will be given forms on first-come, first-serve basis, Daniel said, "We have 169 seats on offer and have printed around 2,000 forms, we cannot reprint the forms if we exhaust them."
At Sanskriti School, Chanakyapuri, parents had to wait for hours to get the pin number required to access the admission forms online. "There was just one guard sitting at the school who was taking down the details and issuing the pin numbers. We wasted so much time there that we couldn't go anywhere else to collect the forms," said Aparna Bhagat, a parent who waited for four hours to get the pin number.