New Delhi: It brought tears of joy to thousands of parents in Delhi to see their toddlers making it to the first list of nursery admission. With the competition increasing every passing year, nursery admissions have become a matter of pride and survival for those who want to book a seat for their child in their favourite private school.
The schools declared their first list on Wednesday. Depending on the number of available seats, some schools will be declaring their second list by 28 February.
The first list indicates that schools have given priority to applicants who scored with points in sibling or alumni categories. In other words, if an applicant’s siblings are studying in the school or their parents are alumni of the school. Not making it to the first list should not be a reason to get disheartened, say experts.
Delhi and the national capital region (NCR) have around 4,500 schools. However, the mad rush is for the 2,000 odd unaided private schools.
Delhi’s education minister Arvinder Singh Lovely told PTI that not a single child would be left without getting admission.
“We are facing a lot of difficulty in the admission process. There are not many names in the first list. We are waiting to see whether the names are there in second list or not,” a parent told NDTV.
Following the Directorate of Education (DoE) guidelines, schools gave the application forms for the current admissions season between January 2 and 16. The nursery admission process, as per the DoE, has to be completed by March 31.
However, Tuesday’s order of the Delhi high court regarding nursery admission to the economically weaker section or EWS category may force some schools to cross the 31 March deadline.
Delhi HC has prioritised the applicants belonging to the EWS section in three categories depending on the distance of their residence from the school in which they are applying- the first priority will have to be given to EWS applicants residing less than a kilometre from the school followed by those residing at a distance between one and three kilometres. Third preference will be given to those living at a distance between three and six kilometers.
In Delhi’s private schools, 25 percent of the seats are reserved for applicants of EWS category
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