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Lottery system unjust: Schools

Even as the wait for nursery admission guidelines for the academic year 2011-12 continues, public schools in the Capital have reiterated their preference for 100-point system followed till last year. Joyeeta Ghosh reports.

india Updated: Dec 05, 2010 00:45 IST
Joyeeta Ghosh

Even as the wait for nursery admission guidelines for the academic year 2011-12 continues, public schools in the Capital have reiterated their preference for 100-point system followed till 2009.

They conveyed the same to the government, which had asked for their suggestions.

The schools said conducting a lottery within various categories for nursery admission, as suggested by the human resource and development (HRD) ministry’s guidelines under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, is unjust.

"The point system is the most transparent, child-friendly, rational and objective way for nursery admissions. Parents have a fair idea whether their child will make it to a particular school in the point system and hence they apply accordingly. But with lottery system one is left at the mercy of luck and parents will be subjected to insurmountable anxiety," said Ameeta Wattal, secretary of National Progressive Schools’ Conference and principal of Springdales School, Pusa Road.

She also added that public schools be allowed to retain the management quota.

Principals have also pointed to the inherent contradictions within the RTE Act. "It says children be admitted to neigbourhood schools, but with lottery, it is all about chance," said RK Sharma, principal of Ahlcon Public School in Mayur Vihar. He said due to lack of quality schools in the neigbourhood, parents are often forced to apply to far-off schools.