The directorate of education (DOE) announced on Friday that the eligibility to secure 70 points out of 100 under the ‘neighbourhood’ category during nursery school admissions has been increased to eight kilometres from the present six kilometres.
The revised norms mean that all students who live within an eight kilometre radius of the school will get 70 points out of 100 during the admission process to nursery schools in the Capital.
The new directive will also translate to more students being eligible for admission, increasing the chances of a lottery being conducted to fill the limited number of seats in schools.
The decision comes after demands by parents and schools to increase the radius of eligibility after the guidelines were released last week.
In another change, grandchildren will now be included in the staff quota; five percent of all seats will now be reserved for both the children and the grandchildren of school staff.
The directorate also clarified that the five percent quota for girls is not aimed to limit their admission at all. “Girl children will be entitled to the normal admission process for open seats the same as boys. The quota will encourage education to girls and ensure that girls are not deprived when there are limited seats,” a DOE statement said.
The statement also clarified that children with special needs will be part of the 25% quota for the economically weaker sections and the disadvantaged group category.