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Who gifted kids, parents nursery nightmare? Who will fix it now?

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times   New Delhi, April 03, 2014
First Published: 00:36 IST(3/4/2014) | Last Updated: 02:13 IST(3/4/2014)

For Amit and Ishita Khanna, the last four months have been a nightmare --– first came the long queues for forms, then complicated guidelines and now, the endless wait for some clarity on the nursery admission process.

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“Every day for the last four months, I have thought about my son’s admission and have drawn a blank. What sort of a system lets parents suffer even after four months?” a harried Ishita said. 

The logjam over the admission process, which continued on Wednesday with the Delhi high court moving the hearing in the case to Thursday, has left thousands of parents angry and anxious.

Fate of close to 125,000 children hangs in the balance. The admission process has been dragging on since December 18, when lieutenant governor Najib Jung came out with guidelines drastically different to the ones followed for years.

The confusion can be gauged from the fact that since December, the government has come up with 15 different notifications and there is still no clarity.

A number of experts that HT spoke to were of the view that if an overhaul of the admission process was planned, the guidelines should have been released much earlier and schools made part of the decision-making.

Parents think no different. “If the changes were to be so drastic, why weren’t all the stakeholders involved? Why weren’t the guidelines released earlier so that we didn’t have to suffer unnecessarily?” said Meena Nair, whose son got through to a school of their choice but can’t complete formalities till the court allows admissions. “Each year, the same issues are discussed over and over again but a resolution is never reached,” she complained.

Karan Yadav, another parent, wondered why did the LG have to change the guidelines?

“Schools were managing and students were getting admission. At least it was better than what is happening now,” Yadav said.

This is the longest that nursery admissions have dragged on. Typically, by March-end the process is done and dusted. But this year, nursery session is looking at a late start.

The litigation started early January when schools challenged the new rules. Next month, it was parents’ turn.

But not all parents’ are on one side -- while one set is opposing the alumni and sibling points, other is furiously defending them.

The parents, it seems, are losing patience and faith in judiciary as well. “We though the court would understand our suffering and bring out a verdict quickly. We are losing patience now,” Nair said. The court, on its part, has come down hard on the government for the mess that admission process has turned into.

 

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