Schools as well as parents seeking nursery admissions for their children will have to wait some more for a notification from the Directorate of Education regarding implementation of Right to Education (RTE) Act.
"The schools will be notified by first week of December about guidelines regarding RTE and nursery admission. There is no need to panic as schools will have ample time to complete the admission process," said education minister Arvinder Singh Lovely on Monday.
The admission process is expected to start from December 15, when schools can start selling forms.
In the story titled 'Confusions over admissions to nursery returns' that appeared on November 10, Lovely had said schools would be notified within a week or 10 days.
Some of the principals said the delay will pose administrative problems.
"Last year the notification came toward the last week of November, and we had ample time to prepare for the admission process. We just hope that the notification regarding implementation of RTE in nursery admission comes as soon as possible and we have enough time to seek clarification, if any, regarding it," said Jyoti Bose, principal, Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan.
Others such as Usha Ram, principal, Laxman Public School, said, "One just hopes that the notification helps dissolve all confusion. A week to 10 days is enough for us to prepare for the admission process."
Most Delhi schools follow the point system during admissions such as allotting points for neigbourhood area and girl child.
Schools also want to know whether the point system amounts to screening and thereby violation of RTE that prohibits screening. Sources at the department said the point system will be retained since a lottery system may make the admission process chaotic.
The Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights on Monday wrote to the principal secretary (education), government of NCT of Delhi, asking the government to issue guidelines regarding nursery admission without further delay.