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Totally pointless, say parents

Angry at the way many schools have bypassed the point system and deprived them of a nursery seat, parents have got together to begin a signature campaign against the point system, report Swaha Sahoo and Ritika Chopra.

delhi Updated: Feb 02, 2009 23:49 IST
Swaha Sahoo/Ritika Chopra

Angry at the way many schools have bypassed the point system and deprived them of a nursery seat, parents have got together to begin a signature campaign against the point system.

Almost all schools in the Capital have declared nursery results and many parents have been left high and dry.

“I applied to 13 schools and have not managed to get through even one,” said Umang Sahai, who initiated the campaign. “I applied to DPS, Summerfields, Blue Bells and Tagore International — all of them in East of Kailash, where I stay. But they all rejected our application,” said Sahai.

Till date, 400 parents have signed and the momentum is picking up.

“The Education department has turned a blind eye to our plight. So, we will submit our petition to the Ministry of Human Resource Development. We want to know why children staying within 5 km of the schools are not selected,” said Sahai.

Point system unfair

“At Vasant Valley School in Vasant Kunj, 25 points have been given to parents staying within 10 km of the school,” said parent Atul Anand (name changed). “But how does Sainik Farm, Greater Kailash I and Patel Nagar come within 10 km from the school?” asked Anand, pointing to the list released by the school. Director Arun Kapoor said a lot of work had gone into the point system. “We made a committee and mapped the areas. Of course no one is perfect, but we doubt we made any mistakes,” said Kapoor.

Raining points

While many parents complained of lack of points, it was raining points for applicants at KR Mangalam World School, GK II. Parents, who had applied to the institution, were surprised to see the school pitch its admission cut-off at 80 points, which probably is the highest among all the unaided schools that have declared their results yet.

Of the 175 selected candidates, more than 100 have scored 80. In fact, one selected candidate has scored a perfect 100. But the school had publicised its criteria in advance.

"I have applied to 21 schools and have even been following the results of institutions. Nowhere have I seen the selected candidates do so well. Having over 100 selected candidates score 80 is no joke," said a parent whose child scored 75 points and could not make it to the first list.

Principal Meenu Goswami said the reason was a fair and simple admission point system.

“We had a very realistic criteria. Almost all of our parameters applied to everyone. In fact we have even given points to mothers who are housewives. In such a case candidates are bound to score more. Out of the 1,200 applications we had, about 200 odd people scored 80 and above,” said Goswami.

Few options left

“Most schools do not come out with a second list. So the only option is to let our children join play schools and wait another year. But after this experience, I have little hope even for the following year,” said parent Sheetal Gupta.