The nursery admission process for the next academic session is set to begin on January 1 and parents are already facing a host of problems, ranging from clarity on documents to be submitted, to different dates for submission of registration forms.
Though most schools in the city accept online forms, there are a handful of institutions who ask parents to submit registration forms physically.
“The government has released the schedule for nursery admission. But for submission of forms, different schools have different dates. So keeping account of all the dates is not an easy task,” said Lalit Sachdeva, who lives in Saket. Sachdeva added that he will apply to 10 schools for his daughter and has taken leave from work on January 1 and 2 so that he can complete the process of admission.
Apart from keeping track of dates, parents will also have to keep a list of schools who have said they will not accept more than one form from a parent.
“I have maintained a diary and noted down the details of each of the school where I am planning to apply. As each school needs a different set of documents, keeping a record is important,” said Shefali Roy, who lives in RK Puram whose younger daughter will apply for admission this year.
The most hassled of the lot are probably parents who have come to work from outside and live in rented accommodation. These parents are confused about documents being accepted as proof of residence, with many of them saying they didn’t have other bills - like water and electricity - that can be used as address proof.
“The DOE circular only gives an indicative list for documents acceptable as proof of residence. Many schools are not accepting rent agreements as a proof. We live in a rented accommodation and don’t have MTNL postpaid connection on our addresses. It seems like parents like me will lose out this year,” said Hemant Aggarwal, who is seeking admission for his son.
Others, like Santosh Kumar Jha of Sarita Vihar, are concerned about the lack of schools in the area where they live.
“I am just going to apply for two schools that are there in my area. I am very worried, but what can I do? I cannot apply to other schools as I will then not be able to meet the neighbourhood criteria,” said Santosh Kumar Jha, who lives in Madanpur Khadar, Sarita Vihar.
Some parents are also worried that the schools might not conduct draw of lots in their presence.