Giving parents something to cheer about ahead of the highly competitive nursery admission season, massive changes in guidelines were announced on Wednesday, including the removal of management quota.
Till last year, schools could reserve 20% of their seats as management quota, whereby admission was granted on the discretion of school authorities, usually on payment of a “donation” or on some sort of recommendation.
The other big change is that the points system will remain the same for all schools, with the neighbourhood criterion getting maximum points (70), followed by sibling criterion (20) and alumni parents and inter-state transfer cases (5 points each). The criteria and points have been decided by the government beforehand and all schools will have to follow it.
Under the new guidelines, firmed up by the lieutenant governor, co-educational schools must reserve 5% seats for girls. The 25% quota for the economically weaker section stays in place.
The guidelines effectively rule out admission to students who live more than 6 km away from the school. They also spell good news to parents who aren’t from the city — earlier, the scales were tipped heavily in favour of alumni parents who got 20-30 alumni points — or those who have older children studying in the same school.