The race for a nursery seat in 1,700 private schools ends on Tuesday but parents are worried as the process has run into litigation like in the past years.
The admissions reached the Delhi High Court this year after the government introduced a new set of guidelines for 298 schools built on DDA land.
The government had said these schools will only admit students on the basis of the distance criteria and abolished management quota. The remaining 1,400 schools were allowed to follow their own criteria, including distance, sibling, alumni among others.
The private schools moved court against the rule. Now, the parents are wondering which admission criteria the schools will follow.
“This nursery admission is already a cause of stress for parents. With this uncertainty over the admission every year, the entire process is becoming very traumatic,” said Devendra Singh, a parent, who lives in Sainik Farms.
Singh applied in 20 schools for his second son. He recalled how in 2015 also, when he was applying for his daughter, the process got delayed.
The Delhi High Court is likely to pronounce its judgement on the case on Tuesday.
“First the process started with confusion, as there were different schedules for a few schools, different for those built on government land. Now we don’t what again will be thrown on us,” said Samyak Jain, a resident of Mayur Vihar . He is applying the first time for his three-year-old daughter.
The first admission list will be released March 7.
Parents in the Economically Weaker Section/Disadvantaged (EWS/DG) category are also facing problems. Though they have managed with online applications, some are struggling with documents.
The centralised online application process for the EWS/DG category started in 2015. 25% of the seats are reserved for students in this category in every private school.
“We have been living in Delhi for the last 20 years but struggling to get residential proof. My landowner is not willing to give me anything in written,” said Shyamlal Sinha, a resident of Sangam Vihar.