It nothing short of a battle that parents in Delhi prepare themselves for every year. Seeking admission for their three-year olds in nursery class is a huge task for which this year too parents are all geared up because the sale of forms begins from January 1.
From getting the required documents ready to browsing websites of various schools, the parents are all ears and eyes for every bit of information, advice or suggestion coming their way. "I have collected all the required documents and have made a list of 20-25 schools I want to apply to," said Rakesh Bhagat, whose daughter is ready for admission this year.
Navneet Arora, who is seeking admission for her son, said, "We will go to collect forms on the first day itself. My husband, father, my brother-in-law and I have divided the schools among us for collection of forms. We don't want to take any chances and miss out on any school."
But Bhagat, who has taken two days off from work to collect forms, is taking it easy. "As some schools begin the sale of forms from January 3, we will start collecting them from then."
The Directorate of Education (DoE) common admission schedule has also played a big role in reducing people's anxiety.
"The fixed schedule is very helpful since we can plan out which schools to visit which day," said Suresh Khatreja, a parent. Rajiv Bindal, who got his daughter admitted to nursery last year, had a few suggestions for parents seeking admission this year.
"Rather than applying to schools with a brand name, parents should make a list of schools and check out their criteria and apply to only those schools where they meet the parameters. They should also keep all the documents ready, so that they can apply to maximum schools within the fixed number of days."
Keeping the child's interest in mind should be the utmost priority for parents, feels Ameeta M Wattal, principal of Springdales School, Pusa Road. "Parents have to ensure that the child does not have to travel long distances, so neighbourhood schools should be their first priority. Besides, they should not be stuck up on a few schools. With criteria such as sibling and alumni, some schools are difficult to get through, so parents should explore as many schools as possible," she added.
HT helps you prepare better with these important tips
Try to make a list of schools in terms of good teacher-student ratio, transport facility, proximity and keeping in mind the other categories of the schools.
Try to fill up forms for schools selling forms for a short period first.
Get your documents in place and multiple copies of them, preferably attested by a Gazetted officer as some schools may ask for an attested copy.
Online forms - Take out a printout and fill it offline first. You are allowed to submit once only so don't make a mistake.
Offline forms - Make copies of the form and fill them out first. Once you are satisfied fill the original form bought from the school and make no mistakes.
Original birth certificate with the applicant's name issued by the municipal corporation or equivalent authority.
Proof of residential address (passport/lease deed/ latest paid electricity bill/ MTNL bill/electoral card. In case of rental accommodation, the rent agreement and an affidavit on stamp paper. Different schools ask for different residential proofs.
Self certification of parents with regard to girl child or first born child. An affidavit can also be asked in some schools.
Affidavit in case of single parent.
Proof/Certificates of track record of parents, in case it is mentioned by the school or points are being allocated for that.
In case of sibling applicants, the school identity card of sibling studying the school.
In case of applicants with special needs, a certificate of disability issued by a competent authority.
For transfer cases - Proof of transfer to Delhi. Certificate/Transfer order and joining report stating date of transfer and joining.
Passport size photographs of the child as well as parents.
Immunization chart of the child.
Alumni cases - Proof of alumni (identity card)
Baptism certificate and a letter from the Parish Priest (for Catholics)
Economically Weaker Section Category - Income certificate issued by the SDM of the area or any other revenue officer not below the rank of tehsildar/food & supplies officer, Deptt. of NCT of Delhi, and letter from parents of the candidate stating the family income.