The Directorate of Education (DOE) on Thursday came out with a notification doing away with five points for inter-state transfer cases in nursery admissions. According to the new guidelines, a maximum of 95 points will be awarded against the earlier 100 points.
Seventy points will be for the neighbourhood category, 20 for siblings in same school category and five for parents who are alumni of the same school.
The directorate also said fresh draw of lots was not needed for those parents who have got in through the neighbourhood category.
However, parents who availed the transfer points will have to forfeit their seats and go in for a new draw. The date for the display of the first list has now been shifted to March 15.
A large section of parents have welcomed the decision to do away with inter-state transfer points. But not everyone is happy.
Parents with genuine transfer cases say the new notification is unjust. “For the first time, all schools were mandated to give points to parents who were transferred recently. It was a great gesture to ensure people who have come to the city a couple of months back stand a chance. If people are forging documents, they should be penalised. Changing the guideline at the last minute is not the solution,” said Karanvir Singh, who was transferred from Bangalore to Delhi in December.
Many, however, have countered the logic of having points for transfer cases.
“The logic behind having extra points for transfer cases is flawed. When a parent gets transferred, the family will be living in a particular neighbourhood and will be assured of 70 points for the neighbourhood category. Just because someone is new to the city does not mean they should get extra points for that. A level playing field needs to be maintained,” said Aakriti Sangwan, a parent who lives in Rohini.
“The directorate of education should, instead, have asked the schools to make sure that children whose parents are transferred to the city mid-academic session, get admission,” she added.