With no academic calendar for nursery admissions in Gurgaon, parents are seeking to coordinate through social media to get updates about dates and the criteria for admissions in private schools. The admissions in some schools start in mid-July while others continue the process till September-end.
Parents have formed groups such as ‘Gurgaon parents for better education’, ‘Gurgaon admissions’, ‘Gurgaon education’ and ‘Kids Gurgaon’ on Facebook and also on WhatsApp. These groups post constant updates about the admission processes in different schools.
Parents said the groups may not be completely accurate about the dates but with over 250 private schools in Gurgaon, these help in saving time.
“How can each parent check on 250 schools in Gurgaon? Also with the work stress, we cannot keep a daily tab on all schools. The groups come in handy to know the basic information,” said Reeta Jaiswal of South City 1.
The groups also help parents seeking admissions for the first time by providing reviews of each school. Parents also share information regarding the fee structure, dates and teaching method, among other things.
“I am seeking an admission for my child. We are new to the city and the social media groups have helped us plenty. I now know the schools where I definitely will not send my child,” said Radhika Kapur of Ardee City.
Parents have also signed up with a couple of online portals such as delhischooladmissions.in and admissionsnursery.com to get regular mailers about admissions. The portals are also used for debating and putting forward issues faced during the admission process.
“I have signed up with a website which now provides me regular updates of school admissions across Delhi-NCR. There are thousands of parents on the portal. We have regular discussions and freely put our issues forward,” said Nandini Sharma of Sector 57.