Schools in the Capital were on Wednesday given full autonomy to frame their own nursery admission guidelines so long as these did not violate the provisions of the Right to Education (RTE) Act.
Thus schools, whether aided or unaided, will have to reserve 25% seats for students from the economically weaker sections, and interview of admission-seeking children or their parents remains a strict no-no.
But beyond that, the Delhi government has decided it will be up to the schools to decide if they want to follow the ‘points’ system — which they have been doing for the last three years — or conduct a draw of lots, or even try a combination of the two.
It has, however, laid down that the discretionary quota with the school management for admitting students cannot be more than 20%.
Education minister Arvinder Singh said his government had formulated the guidelines on the basis of the RTE Act.
The ‘points’ system allots points based on set criteria, such as distance of the child’s home from the school (the closer he stays, the more points he gets).
The girl child and children of single parents get extra points in some schools. “Interviews of parents are banned of course,” said Singh. “Also, parents’ income or educational qualification cannot be taken into account while considering admission.”
However, to ensure transparency and fairness, the system each school adopts will have to be approved by the state’s education department.
Schools have to submit the precise formula they will employ to the department by December 31. “It is great that the autonomy of schools have been upheld. Schools, too, should reciprocate by creating criteria that are just and fair,” said Ameeta Wattal, principal of Springdales School, Pusa Road.
However, a number of schools said they would stick to the points system.
Giving more options
For the last 3 years, schools followed the ‘points system’ that laid down criteria under which admission seekers got points. The higher the points, greater the chance of admission
This year, schools may either use points system or a draw of lots or a combination of the two
Minimum age remains 3 years
Interviews (either of the child or of parents) strictly forbidden