The district education department has still not prepared an academic calendar or set specific criteria for the upcoming nursery admissions despite several complaints from parents. The nursery admissions in Gurgaon start by the second week of July and continue till the end of September.
With no schedule for the nursery admissions, the parents seeking admissions for their children are baffled. Parents say a few schools will start their admissions in the next few weeks and may even close the process before other schools follow suit, giving them less flexibility.
“Last year, seats of a few reputed schools were filled before other institutes even announced admissions. We do not know if we should wait or fill the admission form of any school offering a seat. A number of schools do not refund the admission fee and this leaves us confused,” Ragini Singh, a parent, said.
Parents also say each school sets its own criteria for age and proximity, adding to the confusion. The schools should have a uniform criterion for the entire city, they say.
“No school discusses their admission criteria with others. We want our child to get admission in the best school but what if we are not able to match the given requirements? It is not possible for us to wait and weigh hundreds of schools in the city,” Prayag Srivastava, another parent, said.
Education experts said that the city must follow the practice of making academic calendars such as in Delhi.
“The government should intervene and start the process of making an academic calendar. Parents are left helpless every year because of different criteria followed by each school. It is a must to control the nursery admissions in Gurgaon, especially with the number of schools increasing every year,” Sumit Vohra, founder of nurseryadmissions.com, said.
An official of the education department said that the discussion of streamlining nursery admissions are going on.
“We want to make the admission process smooth and easy for parents. The talks to formulate an academic calendar are going on but the plan is yet to be finalised,” the official said requesting anonymity.