Parents who have a single child and are worried that they will lose out on the points awarded to candidates who have a sibling studying in the school have reasons to smile. Some schools are awarding points for single child too.
As the nursery admission process is underway, point system is the buzzword among parents trying to meet all the criteria possible to get their child in the school of their choice.
“Parents with first child often feel left out so we are awarding points to them once they have made an affidavit stating the same,” said Usha Ram, principal, Laxman Public School.
Apart from the points being awarded for being a girl child, single parent, alumni and proximity of location, some schools have other criteria on which they award points.
“We are awarding five points each for non-smokers, non-drinkers and vegetarians. So a parent can earn up to 15 points,” said SL Jain, principal, Mahavir Jain School. “In the wake of global warming we can do without these habits. Schools have to act as agents of reform.”
Deepali Singhel, a parent who is also a vegetarian feels it discriminatory and absurd. “How do you determine whether they are speaking the truth? Also there is nothing wrong in being a non-vegetarian. Someone should not feel disadvantaged because of their eating habits.”
While Ahlcon Public School, Mayur Vihar is awarding points for qualification of parents and transfer cases. Tagore International, East of Kailash have allocated points for parents’ profession. Amity International, Saket will take into consideration the parents’ ‘vision of a good school’ while awarding points. The Directorate of Education (DoE) had warned against awarding points based on parents’ educational qualification but schools point out the autonomy granted to then by High Court.
Dolly Chandana, principal, Delhi Public School, East of Kailash feels it’s discriminatory. “Why should the child suffer if his parents have not had higher education?” Delhi Public School, East of Kailash and Ramjas, RK Puram are awarding points for children with special needs.