A prominent school has decided to sell admission forms on only one day — November 15 — for only four-and-a-half hours — from 8.30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
As if the usual pains of admitting a child to school were not enough, admission season 2009-10 is already promising new complications.
Adesh Ranjan, a parent, said Modern School, Vasant Vihar/ Humayun Road, has advertised that it will sell forms only on November 15. “They are giving us just a day to buy forms. If, for some reason, we are unable to do so, we will be two schools down,” said a worried Ranjan.
The school, however, says it is still working on the date issue. “I cannot give you any details. We are still working it out,” said Goldy Malhotra, principal of Modern School, Vasant Vihar.
As per a Supreme Court ruling, a child who has completed three years on March 31 2009 would be eligible for admission to a school. Yet, different schools have set arbitrary minimum age limits ranging from 3.5 to 4.5 years.
“Schools don’t mention the admission criteria on their websites. Later on, they tell us our children are not eligible,” rued Shilpi Gupta, a parent.
The Supreme Court ruling also does not allow Delhi schools to interact with children. But parents are apprehensive after their experience with schools in the suburbs.
“A school in Indirapuram handed us a list of topics that our child was supposed to learn,” said Chandrashekhar, a parent, who goes by his first name.
Parents complain that schools also do not give any reasons for denying admission to their children.
“Schools should clearly mention the criteria and the points allotted for each condition, on their website, so that we know where we stand,” said Sanjay Singh, a parent.
“They say proximity of residence is a criterion, but I know of parents who were rejected in spite of staying a stone’s throw away from the school,” said Singh. He added that schools also question parents about their academic and professional achievements.
‘All is fair’
Delhi schools, however, insist that all the guidelines will be followed. “The criteria will be the same as last year. We will look at things like the child’s commuting distance to school, presence of siblings on our rolls, relation to alumni, and give preference to the girl child,” said S.C. Baveja, Principal, Bal Bharti Public School, Pitampura, which has received close to 2,000 applications for 350 seats.
Many schools said they would clearly mention the points allotted for each eligibility condition.
“It is bad that we are unable to meet parents this year. But admissions will begin in the first week of December and we will specify everything, including the criteria, clearly on our website,” said Jyoti Bose, Principal, Springdales, Dhaula Kuan.