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Point not taken, seem to say Modern schools

delhi Updated: Jan 15, 2010 00:17 IST
Ritika Chopra

Rules are meant to be broken.

The phrase seems to sum up the attitude of Modern School as far as nursery admissions are concerned.

So while the points system and admissions have become synonymous for parents across the Capital, both branches of Modern School (Humayun Road and Vasant Vihar) are yet to adopt it.

The schools, which are among the most sought after institutions in Delhi, have disclosed the admission criteria — neighbourhood, girl/boy ratio and mixed profile of family background — but haven’t accorded any weightage to each criterion in terms of points.

Though the lack of transparency has angered parents, Goldy Malhotra, principal, Modern School, Vasant Vihar, doesn’t think the authorities are in the wrong for choosing to digress from the state government directive. Manju Rajput, headmistress of Raghubir Singh Junior Modern School, Humayun Road, was unavailable for comment despite repeated attempts.

“We have informed the Directorate of Education about our admission process. And as far transparency is concerned, I am sure our management will ensure that,” said Malhotra not willing to elaborate any further.

However, the government’s stand is quite different.

“I am not aware of what Modern is doing and so would not want to comment. But yes, every school has to declare on what basis they are admitting children and even accord points to each factor,” said Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely.

The 100-points system was introduced two years ago with the intention of making nursery admission in the Capital more transparent.

Schools are expected to compulsorily disclose their admission criteria and distribute 100 points among them.

Alumni, siblings, distance, girl child and economically weaker are among the major factors on which schools in Delhi generally admit children in nursery.

“This is a blatant violation of the state government and the High Court directive. Does Modern think it’s above the government and the court?” said a peeved parent, who did not wish to be named.