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Updated: February 6, 2011 10:02 IST

Nursery admissions: more lists, more struggles!

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Parents of boy child children particularly, not fulfilling the eligibility criteria or the points system developed by the schools, find it difficult to get an admission for their wards in nursery schools. In this file photo, nursery school children with varying moods are seen on the first day of the new academic session at a school in Chennai last year.
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Parents of boy child children particularly, not fulfilling the eligibility criteria or the points system developed by the schools, find it difficult to get an admission for their wards in nursery schools. In this file photo, nursery school children with varying moods are seen on the first day of the new academic session at a school in Chennai last year.

Struggling for your child’s nursery admission?

And if your child does not fall in categories like sibling, alumni, girl child, management or EWS quota, the chances of getting admission this year become even bleaker.

With many schools having now released their lists for pre-school admission, it appears that there is very little room for the kids belonging to the general category.

Many parents, whose wards have failed to get through in the schools they have applied for, allege that the points system developed by the schools have come in their way.

The results announced by schools so far, the parents say, give the impression that admission is a prerogative of those who have a sibling in the school or those who fulfil the criteria of alumni.

“I had applied in 22 schools in south Delhi, but couldn’t manage to get even in one,” Rahul Dhar, a disgruntled parent, writes on admissionsnursery.com, an online parents forum.

“Does this mean my child lost one year? Where should I go” he asks.

Dr. Supradip, a scientist who had applied in 10 schools for his son’s admission this year, writes: “Nothing left to share except a big sorry figure... Not a single school offered my son for nursery admission.

“My son did not get selected because he is my first child and I am not alumni of any school of Delhi. It’s shame from our side that we could not provide good school for our future citizens.”

Founder of the forum Sumit Vohra told PTI, “It’s not about one or two. Hundreds of parents feel dejected for failing to get their wards admission.

“And the reason behind this problem is the flawed and arbitrary points-system devised by schools themselves this time.”

The Directorate of Education (DoE) has allowed schools this year to frame their own selection criteria based on “just and rationale” means. As per DoE rules, the schools have to keep aside 25 per cent of the seats for students belonging to economically weaker section (EWS).

But for the rest 75 per cent of seats, schools adopted a points system which parents and experts say is arbitrary in nature. And most of the schools have reserved 50 per cent of the seats meant for general category for sibling or alumni.

And the results announced by schools showed that there is hardly anyone has been selected without having points under these two categories.

For example, all the 77 candidates selected by a reputed school in Vasant Vihar have secured points either under the sibling or alumni category. Similarly, 54 of the total 56 shortlisted candidates at a school in East of Kailash are qualified under these two categories.

This apart, many schools have given up to 10 points for first girl child, which resulted in a clean sweep by girls in the general category in several top institutions.

In a reputed school in Dwaraka, for instance, all the 24 seats under general category went to girls, while only 24 boys managed to get through among a total of 245 seats in another school in that locality.

Parents level this as “gender discrimination” and it’s because of illogical points distribution by schools.

“I have two daughters. But still I feel boys and girls should get equal points and it should be a level-playing field for all,” says Vohra.

Ashok Agarwal, founder of NGO Social Jurist, blamed the government for this crisis. “When you allow them (schools) to do whatever they like, the consequences will always be like this,” he says.

However, Ashok Ganguly, former CBSE chairman who developed the 100-points system three years ago, describes this whole crisis as a “demand and supply disequilibrium“.

“How could you manage this huge demand. There has to be some sort of crisis. But the best way is that to adopt an uniform selection criteria which will make parents know where they stand,” he says.

First of all, we have to reform our education structure.For that we need those persons who are totally honest and devoted to resolve this crisis.

from:  Ajay Kumar Aggarwal
Posted on: Feb 8, 2011 at 17:47 IST

You are right. Last year I applied for my second son in the school where my first son studyies. But I couldn't get a seat because of the point that all the parents cant be professionals. In other schools they said if your first son is studying in another school, you cannot apply here! So this year I am trying again, with fingers crossed.

from:  Sudha
Posted on: Feb 8, 2011 at 16:19 IST

we are civilians. means a general category. Government says school should not deny admissions. We applied in all nearby schools but since we do not have any kind of alumni support like father mother or brother, sister studying in the same school we loose point here. Since the child stays in the nearby area we loose some point here also. Since the child is a second child we loose some more points. Since we do not belong to a minority, we loose more points here. To sum up my child scores max of 20 points as we loose points because we are not from armed forced or public sector. We both are educated well qualified,living in Delhi for the past 45 years. But we cannot get admission for our child. My main question is where should i go for my daughter's admission. Dosen't she have the fundamental right of education ? if yes how can she avail it? If she doesn't get admission in nursery who is responsible for her education? I do not want her to lose a whole year.

from:  Vandna Rawat
Posted on: Feb 8, 2011 at 09:47 IST

I am also among those poor parents whose child asks every morning, "Dad, to which big school i'll go?" I literally have no answer to my son except blaming myself for choosing India to stay after completing my IIT. "mismatch in the demand and supply" is not an acceptable justification for this problem. The government is accountable for this short supply; we can spend billions in CWG (and associated Ghotalas) but this short supply for primary education in capital of india is not in their priority list, government has no right to misuse my hard earned income tax money. Its been a week since i last sleep comfortably.

from:  Sumit
Posted on: Feb 7, 2011 at 10:07 IST

Salwan Montessori School, Rajinder Nagar was one of the schools that did not have this discrimination of girl child or male child and had the same marks for the first child as well as sibling. And points for alumni also were just 10..very fair compared to schools giving away as many as 35 points for the same.

from:  radhika
Posted on: Feb 7, 2011 at 00:25 IST

It is very easy to get nursery admissions. But the problem is that every one targets the most reputed set of schools. There are always local schools where one can get admission, though they might be not as reputed as the 'reputed" schools.

from:  Sundaram
Posted on: Feb 6, 2011 at 23:42 IST

Best way is to restrict the admissions to schools on the basis of areas you live. Rich or poor school numbers should be on the basis of numbers of children living in the area. This is the way it is done in the USA.

from:  Narayanan
Posted on: Feb 6, 2011 at 22:33 IST
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