An umbrella body of school associations with about 350 affiliated institutions came out with nursery admission guidelines on Thursday.
Apart from the 20% management quota that made a comeback this year, after the Delhi High Court told the government that it had to give a free hand to schools to decide admission guidelines, the body - Action Committee Unaided Recognised Private School - assigned 5% seats for candidates of their employees.
Deciding the weightage of the neighbourhood, distance and sibling categories, which were among the most prominent till last year, have been left to the discretion of individual schools.The association suggested a limit of up to 20 per cent points for siblings and 5 for alumni so that the general category students would have 25 per cent weightage.
It asked the schools to introduce their own specific criteria like single parent, girl child and minority. Parents are, however, not happy with the 20 per cent cap on siblings, but welcomed the 5 per cent limit on alumni.
“Truely, siblings category is above all. We don’t want to send our children to two different schools,” said advocate Gurpreet Salwaha.
The association has suggested that the sale of admission forms may begin by December 20 and continue up to January 20.
As per the Supreme Court’s orders, 25% seats will be allotted to the students from the economically weaker sections.
Last week, the National Progressive Schools’ Conference (NPSC) - a consortium of 100 private schools - issued guidelines for its affiliated schools. As per NPSC guidelines, allotment of seats has been left to the respective schools, with a cap on management and staff quota at 20 per cent and 5 per cent respectively.
“Now what the parents are confused about is, which school falls under which association of the 1,500 private schools in Delhi. It is important to know because the schools under Action Committee and NPSC will have different admission schedules,” said Sumit Vohra of nurseryadmission.com.