The nursery admission season started on Tuesday with a large number of parents hopping from school to school to make sure they get all the forms and on time.
Braving the cold, Bipin Marath and his wife went to seven schools including Mother's International on Aurobindo Marg, Gyan Bharati Saket and New Green Field Saket to get forms for their daughter.
“Most forms are online this time. We tried to find out the system at Mother's International but their website was not functioning properly so we decided to come over and find out. My colleague has a child of the same age as my daughter and he is getting half the forms while I am getting the remaining ones,” said Marath.
At most schools this year, forms for the general category are available only online. And while this is convenient for a lot of parents, many were not aware of this provision and ended up outside the school gates early in the morning to get the forms.
A number of EWS parents, meanwhile, complained against some schools for flouting the Directorate of Education's guidelines.
“According to the government notice, schools have to provide the form without asking for any documents but the guards at Bal Bharati Public School's gate are not letting parents enter without a copy of their income certificate. I will have to come back tomorrow just for this one form,” said a parent on condition of anonymity.
The school principal, however, said that he had not issued any such guidelines. "I will have to get this checked out as no instructions to this effect have been given by my administration or me,” said LV Sehgal, principal, Bal Bharati School.
A number of parents also complained against Springdales School, Pusa road for not giving out EWS forms.
"A number of parents told me that the school asked them to either get the forms from the Deputy Director, Education's office or download it. Parents from the EWS section, however, may not have access to the internet and downloading the form will be an inconvenience," said Sumit Vohra, founder, admissionsnursery.com.
The school principal, Ameeta Wattal, meanwhile said that since the government is providing the form.
Director of Education, Amit Singla, however, made it clear that the school would have to provide forms.
“Schools have a liability to provide the form to parents without asking for any document,” he said adding that erring schools will be asked to follow the guidelines.