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The confusion and delay in this year’s nursery admission process in the Capital is set to end on Monday with the Delhi high court scheduled to decide the fate of the new nursery admission guidelines, which the schools have been told to follow.
The December 18 guidelines issued by Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung made some radical changes to the previous guidelines, which had been in place for seven years now, with increased weightage to ‘neighbourhood’ criteria and a complete omission of the ‘management quota.’
New norms give 70 out of 100 points to ‘neighbourhood’ criteria, giving children living within an 8-km radius of the school a priority in admission. It has also done away with the 20 per cent ‘management quota,’ leaving only five per cent ‘staff quota’ at the discretion of the schools. The remaining seat will be allotted to open category except another five per cent girl's quota for co-ed schools.
While the new norms has tightened the admission procedures for schools to increase transparency, the unaided private schools have cried foul that it has taken away all their autonomy in the student selection process.
The private schools has also been vocal about their right to have ‘management quota’ on the ground that it has been upheld by numerous judgments of the Supreme Court.
While the actual impact of the new norms on parents can not be ascertained as of now, the Arvind Kejriwal-led government has come out in full support of the yet untested guidelines saying that it was ready to correct and learn from this year’s experience.
The city has around 1.25 lakh nursery seats as against almost 1.50 lakh applicants. The top 50 schools get most applications even as seats remain vacant in the remaining 1,000 schools.