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Delhi nursery admissions: Parents of twins confused over first child points

Admissions to nursery classes are based on a point-based system. The admissions to nearly 1.25 lakh seats in private unaided schools will begin from January 1.

delhi Updated: Dec 13, 2017 14:32 IST
A Mariyam Alavi
A Mariyam Alavi
Hindustan Times
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Last year, schools such as the DPS Mathura Road, had also assigned 15 points if the applicant was the first child of the family. (HT FILE)

With the nursery admissions to the nearly 1.25 lakh seats in 1,700 private unaided schools expected to begin from January 1, parents of twins are in a dilemma about which one of their children will be eligible for the points that some schools allot to the ‘first child.’

Sumit Vohra, founder of admissionsnursery.com, which helps parents seeking nursery admission for their children, said queries are pouring in from parents of twin children as they are confused whether both the children will get first child point or not.

“It is school specific and some schools give first-child points to both the children, but not all. Many schools give admission to both the twins in case either of them was selected in draw of lots, while a handful of school keep points specifically for twins. The Directorate of Education (DoE) should come out with clear guidelines on this,” Vohra said.

Soumya Gupta, the director of education, however, said that the DoE was not at liberty to interfere with admission criteria as schools were free to fix their own measures. “We can only monitor to ensure that these are fair, reasonable and transparent,” she said.

Admissions to nursery classes are based on a point-based system. As things stand, the distance criterion carries maximum points in most schools. The radius of the distance differs from school to school. Other criteria include girl child, sibling in the same school, children of alumni and students with a single parent. A hundred points are divided among these criteria.

Last year, schools such as the DPS Mathura Road, had also assigned 15 points if the applicant was the first child of the family.

For parents like Deepak Kumar, an Indraprastha extension resident, this question is of utmost importance as his twin girls are seeking admission this year. “I know that there will be points assigned to them for being girls, but which one will be eligible for the first child points? They were born seconds apart. As seats are limited, especially in the good schools, this may make a difference,” he said.

The principal of a leading private school in Delhi said that this has not featured at a policy level yet. “Technically both kids should be eligible for the points, but it is up to the school’s discretion right now. I don’t think the DoE has ever delved into this,” the principle said.

First Published: Dec 13, 2017 14:31 IST