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Schools vary on criteria, parents baffled

delhi Updated: Nov 25, 2008 00:37 IST
Swaha Sahoo

“I stay at walking distance from the school but I did not get admission last year.”

“My elder son studies in the school, but still the younger one did not get admission.”

“We are so confused about the criteria that schools are following.”

These are some complaints that parents have against schools for their policies on the nursery admission. The schools, however, say that the parents need to understand that one size does not fit all. They have given importance to different criteria due to different priorities.

The Ganguly Committee laid out broad guidelines such as neighbourhood policy, alumni, sibling and single parents, etc., as some criteria for schools to consider for admission. But schools have also been given the freedom to pick the criteria they want to give weightage to.

“Parents should only apply to a school if they are in sync with the school's philosophy. For instance, if parents want a highly competitive environment, then SPV is a wrong choice,” said Anuradha Joshi, principal, Sardar Patel Vidyalaya (SPV).

The school gives weightage to linguistic minority, single parents and transfer cases, she said.

In schools like Bal Bharti Public School on Ganga Ram Ashram Marg and Laxman Public School, applicants staying in the neighbourhood stand to gain as much as 20 and 35 points, respectively.

In contrast, Springdales School, Pusa Road, would consider parents not staying close to the school.

“The school is located in a market area. So, we also consider parents not living in the neighbourhood,” said principal Ameeta Wattal. “We also do not have points for special children because being as inclusive school, we take them in as long as the children are able to adjust,” Wattal said.

In case of The Sri Ram School, Vasant Vihar, parents can score up to 20 points during informal interaction. “It is a group discussion that we had conducted last year and it worked well for us,” said principal Manika Sharma. “The points have been evenly distributed so that someone not in the neighbourhood also has a fair chance of qualifying,” she said.

Sanskriti School, Chanakyapuri, reserves 60 per cent seats for children of Central government employees and defence personnel and another 20 per cent for economically weaker sections.

“This means that only 20 per cent get through in the general quota. But most parents are not aware of this and are very perturbed when their application is rejected,” said a senior teacher at Sanskriti, on conditions of anonymity. She added that parents should look at individual schools for admission criteria.