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Where are the schools, ask parents

They are worried about the new 100-point system, especially its neighbourhood policy, reports Anuradha Mukherjee.

india Updated: Oct 19, 2006 02:18 IST

Most parents have welcomed the ban on interviews for admission of their children to nursery schools. But they are worried about the new 100-point system, especially its neighbourhood policy.

Shikha Aggarwal had zeroed in on two schools for her three-year-old son - Modern School on Barakhamba Road and Sardar Patel Vidyalaya in Lodhi Estate. She lives in north Delhi. Both the schools are more than 10 km away from her home. According to the new system, applicants living within a 3-km radius of a school get 20 points in the 100-point system.

Aggarwal's son will not get a single one of those 20 if she tells the truth. "What will people do if there are no good schools in their neighbourhood?" she asked. Aggarwal was considering submitting a fake address.

Aggarwal's response sums up the reaction of residents in north and east Delhi who point out that Delhi does not have an even distribution of good schools. Said S. Ramesh, another parent of a toddler: "We live in Vinod Nagar in East Delhi and there are no good schools nearby."

If children seeking admission are first-borns, like Aggarwal's son and Ramesh's daughter, they are again at a disadvantage. The sibling factor - a school will give 20 points for its students' siblings - will work against them.

Some parents are worried the new rules do not apply to admission to kindergarten, the level after nursery, or prep schools. Like Sujata Cheema who wants to get her daughter admitted to kindergarten "Many schools start from the kindergarten level instead of nursery. What about those schools?" she asked.

(Some names have been changed.)

Email:anuradha.mukherjee@hindustantimes.com