In just two months’ time, schools in the city will flag off their nursery admission process. The Directorate of Education (DoE) had announced last year that schools could start the process from January 2 and wrap up the process by March 31.
However, schools maintain that the DoE must reconsider the window period given to conduct nursery admissions, in order to accommodate other activities that the schools undertake during that period.
“That period is a very busy time for schools. We have to juggle pre-board exams, the school’s final exams, Board exams, as well as the nursery admissions. There must be some sort of leeway for schools because we are swamped by administrative work and that’s all we do for three months at a stretch,” said Ameeta Wattal, vice chairperson, National Progressive Schools Conference.
While schools in the NCR regions have almost reached the end of their admission process, officials at the DoE maintained that Delhi schools would start their process only by the end of the year.
However, schools still worry about ploughing through all the administrative and examination work, while maintaining that the DoE should take into account the load that schools are made to endure in the period from January to March.
“Any rigid stance should be avoided at best. The system should be made convenient for schools so that schools are free to juggle their own commitments as well as cater to the board exams, which happen during the same time,” said Lata Vaidyanathan, principal, Modern School (Barakhamba Road).
While the current academic admission process was peppered with frequent guideline changes by the DoE, especially regarding the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) admissions, schools claim that the small time-frame given to complete the admission process can be worked around if there are no interruptions.
“We have now learned to work around the system. Even though everything falls at the same time, the winter vacations are best utilised because no teaching activity happens then,” said Ashok Pandey, principal, Ahlcon International School.
“Last year, there were several new guidelines halfway through the admission process. If those are avoided, then we can complete the process smoothly,” she added.