The Supreme Court on Friday stayed the entire nursery admission process in Delhi, putting parents once again in misery. Angry parents have termed the continuous delay as cruel and unjust.
Furious parents now have one question. "Why can't we figure out a way to conduct admissions once and for all? We are all tired of this delay, which is nothing short of torture. The high court had finally come out with an order that marked an end to the madness but the Supreme Court's stay has brought us back to square one yet again," said Arvind Kumar, a parent whose daughter took admission in a central Delhi school last week. For a number of parents, the issue is no longer the points system or the controversial transfer points but the apathy of the authorities.
"It is the middle of April now and I think it is time for the courts to call an end to this mess. The children need to go to school," said Anubha Menon, a parent.
The exorbitant legal fee being charged in the name of nursery admissions has also irked parents. According to them, lawyers are charging more than of Rs. 1 lakh for a single hearing.
"A middle-class salaried person like me will never file a petition even if his child is not selected in a top-notch school. For us, the only option is to compromise with the quality of education in the school where our child has been selected," said Himanshu Vatsa, a parent who applied to 29 schools in east and central Delhi but whose daughter has not got admission in a single school so far.
Schools, too, are hoping for a final solution. "I wish the resolution to this issue is found once and for all, even if it takes some time so that we can finally get down to education. Everyone is directionless right now and things are in a state of limbo. As for the parents who went to the Supreme Court, it was more or less expected. These parents are feeling cheated after their children's admission was stripped off. We are all left wondering what the light at the end of the tunnel is," said Ameeta attal, chairperson, National Progressive Schools' Conference.