Aparna and Rakesh Bhagat are one of the many apprehensive parents in the city. The Bhagats, who want to enrol their three-year-old son to a good school, were worried about admission through lottery system and hoped the government would retain the point system.
Yet, after the nursery admission guidelines were announced on Wednesday, they are not quite sure if they hoped for the right thing.
Announced by Delhi government’s Directorate of Education, the guidelines gives the schools freedom to make “fair, just and reasonable” categories and follow a point system, or conduct lottery, or even combine the two.
Although Aparna said the point system was good, she wanted the government to have fixed the criteria and assigned their points, instead of leaving it for the schools to decide.
Having studied in an all-girls school, with hardly any good schools in her neighbourhood and her firstborn being male, she feared her application will not fit into any of the common criteria — alumni, sibling, girl child or neighbourhood.
With no fixed schedule in place, parents feared schools would have different schedules, which would mean a lot of running around for the parents.
“A centralised online form should be made available to reduce the confusion,” wrote a parent, Dr Sushma Bhardwaj, on admissionsnursery.com, a portal that deals with nursery admissions-related information.
“After schools submit the categories under which they will conduct admission, we will release a schedule for all schools to follow,” said education minister Arvinder Singh.
Some parents are also opposed to the idea of an alumni category. “We did not study in the city schools, but why should that be a disadvantage for my son? Also, if educational qualification is not to be considered then why should it matter where we studied?” asked Bindu Mishra, a parent.
As the government has reserved 25% seats for the economically weak and allowed schools 20% seats under management quota, parents said management seats should be open for manipulation. “With such reservations, the general seats have come down,” said Ramesh Khatreja, father of a three-year-old.
“Not all schools will reserve 20% seats. Some may stick to just 5 or 10%. Besides, the seats under management quota will also go to general category students,” said SL Jain, principal of Mahavir Jain Senior Secondary School.