Pratibha and Shailendra Singh have been stressed out since January this year. All they want is to get their four-year-old son admitted in a school.
"We had applied to 13 schools this year, but didn't get a positive response from anyone," said Mehrauli, who is an artist and lives in Mehrauli.
But this is not a new experience for the family. No school had given admission to their son last year too. "My son will be five this year and will miss out on getting the kind of education we want him to receive," she added.
The couple has shot off a letter to education minister Arvinder Singh Lovely and chief minister Sheila Dikshit asking them for help, but they don't know what will come out of it.
"Since we have a son, not a daughter, who is a first-born, is not adopted and doesn't have a sibling studying in some school; we are at a big disadvantage. The only points we can claim are on the basis of neighbourhood and single child," an agitated Pratibha said.
But the couple is not alone. Since there are only 55% seats for general category, many children have been left in the lurch. Parents do not want to send their children to government schools either.
"We can either give hefty donations and try to get a seat or use influence, both of which we can't do," said Mahesh Bhambri, a resident of Mayur Vihar, whose son too has failed to secure admission.
Many parents have been forced to turn to newly opened schools in Noida and Gurgaon. "We don't know what these schools are like but we have been forced to send our children there despite the huge distance, so that they can at least study in a conventional set-up of a school," said Mahima Mathur, a resident of Hauz Khas, who has been forced to send her daughter to a school in Gurgaon.